The Boston Diaries

The ongoing saga of a programmer who doesn't live in Boston, nor does he even like Boston, but yet named his weblog/journal “The Boston Diaries.”

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Saturday, March 02, 2013

Stupid GitHub tricks

All that work parsing git repositories was for naught—it seems you can link to individual files on GitHub (go figure!). So now I can create a rockspec per module, like:

package = "org.conman.tcc"
version = "1.0.0-0"

source =
  url = ""

description =
  homepage = "http://...",
  maintainer = "Sean Conner <>",
  license    = "LGPL",
  summary    = "Lua wrapper for TCC",
  detailed   = [[
	Blah blah blah

dependencies =
  "lua ~> 5.1"

external_dependencies =
  TCC = { header = "libtcc.h" }

build =
  type = "builtin",
  copy_directories = {},
  modules =
    ['org.conman.tcc'] = 
      sources   = { 'tcc.c' },
      libraries = { "tcc" },

  variables =
    CC = "$(CC) -std=c99",
    CFLAGS = "$(CFLAGS)",
    LFLAGS = "$(LIBFLAG)",
    LUALIB = "$(LIBDIR)"

(this particular module embeds a C compiler in Lua, which is something I do need to talk about).

But it isn't like I wasted time on this. No, I don't view it that way at all. In fact, I learned a few things—how to parse git repositories, how to parse a variable amount of data in LPeg and I have code to extract a single file into its own git repository if I ever have that need again.

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