# Using Lua functions with mplib and mpgraph

This question has reference to the question Error with Lua, Luamplib and Mpgraph I am trying to use lua functions inside mplib. The detailed code is here.

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{luacode}
\usepackage{luamplib}
\begin{document}
\begin{luacode}
require("math")
local sin=math.sin;
\end{luacode}
\def\plot{%
\directlua{
luamplib.process_mplibcode([[
input graph ;
beginfig(0)
draw begingraph(5cm,3cm)
gdraw (0,sin(0)) for x = 1 upto 3: .. (x, sin(x)) endfor ;
endgraph ;
endfig ;
]])}%
}
\plot
\end{document}


There seems some problem with intermingling of lua and mplib. Where would be the problem and how can this be corrected?

• What makes you believe that statements within luacode will magically become available inside process_mplibcode? – Henri Menke Dec 9 '19 at 20:28

You can access Lua from within mplib using the runscript function.

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{luamplib}
\begin{document}
\def\plot{%
\directlua{luamplib.process_mplibcode([[
vardef sin primary x =
runscript("mp.print(math.sin(" & decimal x & "))")
enddef ;
input graph ;
beginfig(0)
draw begingraph(5cm,3cm)
gdraw (0,sin(0)) for x = 1 upto 3: .. (x, sin(x)) endfor ;
endgraph ;
endfig ;
]])}%
}
\plot
\end{document} • BTW, if you just want to use sin it's probably shorter to just define vardef sin primary x = sind(x*180/3.1415926) enddef; – Henri Menke Dec 9 '19 at 23:45
• Is modification possible for standard expressions? For example \plot{sin(x)}, \plot{cos(x)+2} and in general \plot{f(x)} where f(x) is finite combination of some standard functions. – user61681 Jan 15 at 16:30
• @user61681 Yes, that is possible. – Henri Menke Jan 16 at 0:34
• Thanks for the update. – user61681 Jan 16 at 1:54