LuaRocks can be used as a very nice build system for both pure Lua modules and Lua/C modules. Coupled with a sandboxed Lua/LuaRocks installation it also makes a nice development system (using
luarocks make). But the changes introduced by LuaRocks 2.0 slowed down
luarocks make to virtually instantaneous (quick enough to assign a keybinding in your text editor, for example) to taking more than a second, enough to break the edit-test flow. But monkeypatching comes to the rescue:
luarocks_ln.lua, is a specialized version of
luarocks make that symlinks files from your source tree instead of copying them. So run it on a project you want to hack and all your edits in the source tree are immediately reflected in code ran in your development environment. It works for both Lua source modules and any scripts that your project installs. Just do a regular
luarocks make after your hacking session is done and everything does back to normal.
Notice that this is a pretty big hack that may break other LuaRocks commands, so do a regular
luarocks make before running any of them. Use this script only as a way to speed up your edit-test cycles. Obviously it only works in Unix-like systems, but a version that works for recent Windows versions (that have
mklink.exe) is not hard to make, and is left as an exercise for the reader. Enjoy!