Fennel is currently packaged & maintained on the following systems: (If you're aware of others, please add them herein!)
Luarocks is somewhat special in that it be used on many different operating systems. Once you've installed Luarocks, you can install Fennel by:
~/.luarocks/bindirectory is added to your shell's
luarocks --local install fennelto install for your user.
fennel --helpto confirm the installation succeeded.
See the LuaRocks path docs for more information.
Fennel can be distributed as a compiled binary, or as a single-file Lua script. It's up to the person packaging to decide which makes more sense in context, but the main advantage of the binary is that it does not depend on having Lua installed on the box, and in the context of a package manager this is usually not particularly relevant.
One of the following: lua5.1, lua5.2, lua5.3, lua5.4, or luajit
You will need the dev headers for whatever Lua implementation it depends on if you decide to build Fennel as a compiled binary instead of a Lua script. For a Lua script simply depending on a Lua implementation is enough.
Simply invoke the following in your build form:
The Makefile lists the following lua libs and include directory; the defaults
are Debian-specific, but overrides can be passed in as arguments to
STATIC_LUA_LIB ?= /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/liblua5.3.a LUA_INCLUDE_DIR ?= /usr/include/lua5.3
For instance, on Alpine:
make fennel-bin STATIC_LUA_LIB=/usr/lib/liblua-5.3.so.0.0.0 LUA_INCLUDE_DIR=/usr/include/lua5.3
Otherwise compilation on glibc and musl libc systems is the same.
Simply invoke the following in your build form
make fennel LUA=lua5.3 # or whichever Lua executable you prefer
The following files should be accounted for in the Fennel package:
fennel: the executable
fennel.1: the man page
fennel.lua: the compiler, as a Lua library
You can run
sudo make install to handle installing these three,
though you might want to override