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LUA(1)                      General Commands Manual                     LUA(1)

       lua - Lua interpreter

       lua [ options ] [ script [ args ] ]

       lua is the standalone Lua interpreter.  It loads and executes Lua
       programs, either in textual source form or in precompiled binary form.
       (Precompiled binaries are output by luac, the Lua compiler.)  lua can
       be used as a batch interpreter and also interactively.

       After handling the options, the Lua program in file script is loaded
       and executed.  The args are available to script as strings in a global
       table named arg and also as arguments to its main function.  When
       called without arguments, lua behaves as lua -v -i if the standard
       input is a terminal, and as lua - otherwise.

       In interactive mode, lua prompts the user, reads lines from the
       standard input, and executes them as they are read.  If the line
       contains an expression, then the line is evaluated and the result is
       printed.  If a line does not contain a complete statement, then a
       secondary prompt is displayed and lines are read until a complete
       statement is formed or a syntax error is found.

       Before handling command line options and scripts, lua checks the
       contents of the environment variables LUA_INIT_5_4 and LUA_INIT, in
       that order.  If the contents are of the form '@filename', then filename
       is executed.  Otherwise, the contents are assumed to be a Lua statement
       and is executed.  When LUA_INIT_5_4 is defined, LUA_INIT is ignored.

       -e stat
              execute statement stat.

       -i     enter interactive mode after executing script.

       -l mod require library mod into global mod.

       -l g=mod
              require library mod into global g.

       -v     show version information.

       -E     ignore environment variables.

       -W     turn warnings on.

       --     stop handling options.

       -      stop handling options and execute the standard input as a file.

       The following environment variables affect the execution of lua.  When
       defined, the version-specific variants take priority and the version-
       neutral variants are ignored.

       LUA_INIT, LUA_INIT_5_4
              Code to be executed before command line options and scripts.

       LUA_PATH, LUA_PATH_5_4
              Initial value of package.cpath, the path used by require to
              search for Lua loaders.

              Initial value of package.cpath, the path used by require to
              search for C loaders.

       If a script calls os.exit, then lua exits with the given exit status.
       Otherwise, lua exits with EXIT_SUCCESS (0 on POSIX systems) if there
       were no errors and with EXIT_FAILURE (1 on POSIX systems) if there were
       errors.  Errors raised in interactive mode do not cause exits.

       Error messages should be self explanatory.

       The documentation at lua.org, especially section 7 of the reference

       R. Ierusalimschy, L. H. de Figueiredo, W. Celes

                          Date: 2022/09/23 09:06:36                     LUA(1)