aotus / README.rst


The AOTUS library provides a wrapper around the C-API of the Lua scripting language, allowing a convenient usage of Lua scripts as configuration files in Fortran applications. Please have look at the Wiki for usage informations.

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

How To Build

waf is used as build system. 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 fc_flags, which provide a set of compiler flag combinations for various compilers. They are found in the waflib/extras directory, and the waflib directory is created upon execution of waf in a:


directory, if you need to have a look at them.

What is Built

For your convenience the lua library is included in version 5.2.0 (released 2011-12-16). Its objects are completely gathered into the final libaotus library, so it is only necessary to link against this single static library to gain the configuration features of aotus in your Fortran application. Due to the compiler specific module informations required by any application using the 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 doxygen documentation can be built by running:

./waf doxy

This will build a html directory in the build directory with the resulting documentation. Note, that this requires an installed doxygen.


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.