interactive lua: command line arguments

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Question Description

I wish to do

 lua prog.lua arg1 arg2

from the command line

Inside prog.lua, I want to say, for instance

print (arg1, arg2, '\n')

Lua doesn’t seem to have argv[1] etc and the methods I’ve seen for dealing with command line arguments seem to be immature and / or cumbersome. Am I missing something?

Practice As Follows

You’re missing the arg vector, which has the elements you want in arg[1], arg[2], and so on:

% lua -i -- /dev/null one two three
Lua 5.1.3  Copyright (C) 1994-2008 Lua.org, PUC-Rio
> print(arg[2])
two
> 

More info in the Lua manual section on Lua standalone (thanks Miles!).

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