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Roberto wrote:
In several "common" platforms (such as most Unixes and Windows) you
get nothing by closing the state, as all resorces (memory and file
descriptors) are automatically released by the system when the program

On the other hand, closing a large state takes some time, as Lua has to
release all memory it was using.

It is possible that a Lua program grabs some resource that is not automatically released (for example video memory, or the semaphore to the robot attached to your USB port). Even though I wrote my program correctly to free allocated resources, I need to worry about specifying the -c option.

It seems backwards. Why not treat "not closing state" as a special optimization that must be explicitly requested? (Still, I can't believe it will make a noticeable difference in your average app.)


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