Turns out there's a reason for it being relatively niche. Lapis works fine, just like a while back. I reported some minor issues, but they were promptly fixed or explained and I'm still a happy user trying to recommend everyone to at least give it a try ;)
My other dependency would be a Markdown library. I had used lunamark last year but forgotten about my problems. To cut the long story short, I found my own bug reports and applied my fixes again. boo.
I don't know how I found out about lunamark, but according to the lua toolbox it's endorsed by 2 people.
Anyway, this is how you lua: (it's part howto, part rant, part exercise in futility)
- download latest openresty
- tar xaf ... ; cd ...
./configure --prefix=/usr/local/openresty-220.127.116.11 \ --with-luajit --with-pcre-jit
- wonder why it doesn't work because of missing ldconfig
PATH=$PATH:/sbinand retry configure
make && make install
- wonder why it doesn't work because libluajit can't be found
- retry configure as root, make && make install
- it works?
git clone https://github.com/keplerproject/luarocks; cd luarocks; git checkout v2.0.13
./configure --prefix=/usr/local/openresty/luajit \ --with-lua=/usr/local/openresty/luajit/ \ --lua-suffix=jit-2.1.0-alpha \ --with-lua-include=/usr/local/openresty/luajit/include/luajit-2.1
make && make install
luarocks install lapis- hey, this works. surprise
luarocks install lunamark
- this fails, so back to source
git clone https://github.com/jgm/lunamark/ && cd lunamark && luarocks make lunamark-0.3-2.rockspec
- notice the still unfixed lpeg problem
luarocks remove --force lpeg && luarocks install lpeg-0.10.2-1
- notice the unicode problem with slnunicode
- notice there hasn't been a release since your own fix, so manually build head
git clone https://github.com/LuaDist/slnunicode slnunicode-1.1a
- now move this directory to from where you installed openresty. sounds complicated, but for me it was:
cd /opt/src/ngx_openresty-18.104.22.168/build && ln -s /opt/src/slnunicode-1.1a
make -f slnunicode-1.1a/Makefile
- ignore the error because the test can't run because your lua binary is somewhere else
cp unicode.so /usr/local/openresty-22.214.171.124/luajit/lib/lua/5.1/unicode.so
- restart openresty
My project is called wheee and it's a small wiki engine. It includes users, pages and revisions. That's about it.
TL;DR: I love Lua and Lapis is a pretty cool framework if you're just getting started or not want to care about low level stuff for a fun side project. BUT if you're comparing it to the frictionless experience of Rails or something, you'll probably be annoyed.
Oh, and I'm gonna try out this markdown library now, it's endorsed by 5 people.