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Workaround to get Tir working on a Mac

I was anxious to test Tir on my Mac and had to hack some lua rocks to get them to install and let me get going.

I must admit it’s a horrible hack but it works. Maybe someone (meaning not me ;) should ask the luaposix and luuid authors to get them working on Mac.

I first stumbled on an install problem with luaposix.

sudo luarocks install luaposix
Archive:  /private/tmp/luarocks_luarocks-rock-luaposix-5.1.7-2-8760/luaposix-5.1.7-2.src.rock
  inflating: luaposix-5.1.7-2.rockspec 
  inflating: luaposix-5.1.7.tar.bz2 
export MACOSX_DEPLOYMENT_TARGET=10.3; gcc -O2 -I/usr/local/include -c lposix.c -o lposix.o
lposix.c: In function ‘get_clk_id_const’:
lposix.c:1214: error: ‘CLOCK_REALTIME’ undeclared (first use in this function)
lposix.c:1214: error: (Each undeclared identifier is reported only once
lposix.c:1214: error: for each function it appears in.)
lposix.c:1216: error: ‘CLOCK_MONOTONIC’ undeclared (first use in this function)
lposix.c:1218: error: ‘CLOCK_PROCESS_CPUTIME_ID’ undeclared (first use in this function)
lposix.c:1220: error: ‘CLOCK_THREAD_CPUTIME_ID’ undeclared (first use in this function)

Error: Build error: Failed compiling object lposix.o

I pointed luarocks to the previous rockspec of luaposix and the installation worked:

sudo luarocks install

luarocks list

Installed rocks:

   5.1.2-1 (installed) - /usr/local/lib/luarocks/rocks

Is something else missing?

sudo luarocks install

Missing dependencies for tir:

The regular install did not work:

sudo luarocks install luuid
Archive:  /private/tmp/luarocks_luarocks-rock-luuid-20100303-1-4564/luuid-20100303-1.src.rock
  inflating: luuid-20100303-1.rockspec 
 extracting: luuid.tar.gz           

Error: Could not find expected file libuuid.dylib for LIBUUID — you may have to install LIBUUID in your system and/or set the LIBUUID_DIR variable

Mmm… luuid expects libuuid.dylib to be installed through e2fsprogs. I do have e2fsprogs installed with MacPorts.

port list | grep e2fsprogs
e2fsprogs                      @1.41.10        sysutils/e2fsprogs

libuuid.dylib is also there:

ls /opt/local/lib/libuuid.dylib

I tried setting the LIBUUID_DIR to /opt/local/lib (also tried /opt/local) but luuid kept complaining about the missing dylib.

As a last resort I downloaded e2fsprogs from:

and luuid from:

untared both and compiled luuid directly against e2fsprogs’ uuid source:

cd e2fsprogs-1.41.12
cd lib/uuid
cp luuid.c . (copy luuid.c from luuid.tar.gz)
gcc -O2 -fno-common -c -o luuid.o luuid.c
gcc -bundle -undefined dynamic_lookup -o clear.o compare.o copy.o gen_uuid.o isnull.o luuid.o pack.o parse.o unpack.o unparse.o uuid_time.o

lua uuid/test.lua

uuid library for Lua 5.1 / Mar 2010

uuid generation                         type    time        os.time
ef1f2001-c8ea-4c5e-b929-4c3fe418619b    default    -391635366
c47e5ec0-6108-434d-8fa1-ee32858e73b8    default    -1308890128
891c5fe2-0083-42bd-b436-598178d347f3    random    -1077775031
5ab31b64-f6f4-11df-af44-1f6e50cf2f04    time    1290511519    1290511519
5be57e5a-f6f4-11df-af44-1f6e50cf2f04    time    1290511521    1290511521

uuid validation                         isvalid    expect
84949cc5-4701-4a84-895b-354c584a981b    true    true    pass
84949CC5-4701-4A84-895B-354C584A981B    true    true    pass
84949cc5-4701-4a84-895b-354c584a981bc    false    false    pass
84949cc5-4701-4a84-895b-354c584a981    false    false    pass
84949cc5x4701-4a84-895b-354c584a981b    false    false    pass
84949cc504701-4a84-895b-354c584a981b    false    false    pass
84949cc5-470104a84-895b-354c584a981b    false    false    pass
84949cc5-4701-4a840895b-354c584a981b    false    false    pass
84949cc5-4701-4a84-895b0354c584a981b    false    false    pass
g4949cc5-4701-4a84-895b-354c584a981b    false    false    pass
84949cc5-4701-4a84-895b-354c584a981g    false    false    pass

uuid library for Lua 5.1 / Mar 2010

Because I was not able to rebundle the luuid rock, I took the manual road and just copied to /usr/local/lib/lua/5.1/

The following works now:

Lua 5.1.4  Copyright (C) 1994-2008, PUC-Rio
> require ‘uuid’
> print(u,”default”,uuid.time(u))
03801c06-d0a3-4a8e-aec1-bf6c7bbbbc01    default    -566323678

You can either remove luuid from tir’s rockspec dependencies or create a luuid/ directory with a 20100303-1/ directory inside it containing the luuid-20100303-1.rockspec and a rock_manifest file with the following content (generate your own md5 signature for

rock_manifest = {

then copy it to /usr/local/lib/luarocks/rocks/ and force luarocks-admin to rebuild its manifest with:

sudo luarocks-admin make_manifest

Good luck!