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The AOTUS library provides a Fortran wrapper around the C-API of the Lua scripting language, allowing a convenient usage of Lua scripts as configuration files in Fortran applications.

Please visit the Wiki for more information on its usage. And for a detailed interface reference visit its FORD generated documentation

This library is released under a simplified MIT licence, please have a look into the COPYRIGHT file for details.

Aotus is part of the APES suite, for which there is a mailing list where questions can be asked.

How To Build

Waf is used as build system, but alternatively you may also use the provided Makefile, see below.

Run:

./waf configure build

to build the aotus library. If you want to select a specific Fortran compiler, set the environment variable FC. And for a specific C compiler, set the environment variable CC. The Fortran compiler flags are set with the help of fcopts, which provide a set of compiler flag combinations for various compilers. They are found in the fortran_compiler.py file in the root directory of the project.

By running:

./waf --help

you get a list of available options to the waf script.

Build using Makefile

The aotus library can also built by using the provided Makefile, which utilizes the smeka build system.

This build system requires the compilation in a subdirectory. A minimal compilation (defaulting to the GNU compiler suite, gfortran/gcc) is achieved by running:

mkdir build
cd build
{
echo 'TOP_DIR = ..'
echo 'include $(TOP_DIR)/Makefile'
} > Makefile
make

and the resulting libaotus.a will be put in that directory.
To control the compiler flags you may create a file setup.make, which can define the usual FC, FFLAGS, CC, CFLAGS, INCLUDES and LIBS variables which are used for compilation, and linking. For instance, to compile with just the -g flag, you can use:

{
echo FFLAGS = -g
echo CFLAGS = -g
} > setup.make

Note that the default compiler is still the GNU suite.

Aotus may be built with two variations of extended precisions. They may individually be turned on by setting these variables:

EXTDOUBLE = 1 # defaults to 0 == do not build with extended double
QUADRUPLE = 1 # defaults to 0 == do not build with quadruple double

To install the library together with the modules in a given directory, you can run:

make install PREFIX=$HOME/aotus

This will create bin/, include/ and lib/ directories within the PREFIX path with the typical libraries and modules.

NOTE: Currently liblua.a is not added to the archive, this may easily be achieved by performing this shell command (after having run make)

rm libaotus.a
ar -ru libaotus.a *.o
ranlib libaotus.a

What is Built

For your convenience the Lua library is included in version 5.3.4 (released 2017-01-30). Its objects are completely gathered into the final libaotus library, so you only need to link against this single static library to gain the configuration features of Aotus in your Fortran application. Due to the compiler specific module information required by any application using libaotus, the suggested approach to incorporate libaotus is to include its building in the build process of the final application. This is straight forward if waf is used for the complete project. But also in other build environments it should not be too hard to make use of the generated build directory. Yet, if you would rather install the libaotus.a and the module files into a $PREFIX directory, you can make use of:

./waf install

The default build process will also create some unit test executables and execute them to ensure functionality of the various parts in the library.

The documentation can be built with FORD by running:

ford aot_mainpage.md

This will build a docu directory with the resulting documentation. Note that this requires FORD to be installed beforehand. This documentation is also available online at our server.

Example

There is an example program built, called aotus_sample, which you will find in the build directory. It can be used with the provided config.lua in the sample directory, where also the source of this small program is found.

Getting Started

The central module in this library is the aotus_module. Its documentation and the Aotus overview would be good starting points.

Some projects with similar goals or related information:

License

Aotus is licensed under the terms of the MIT license reproduced below. This means that Aotus is free software and can be used for both academic and commercial purposes at absolutely no cost. You are free to do with the code whatever you want. The only requirement is that some credit to the authors is given by putting this copyright notice somewhere in your project. The MIT license is chosen for full compatibility with Lua.

For the license of the underlying Lua library have a look at http://www.lua.org/license.html.


Copyright (C) 2011-2013 German Research School for Simulation Sciences GmbH, Aachen and others. 2014-2017 University of Siegen.

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