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"Wim Couwenberg" <> writes:

> Hi,
> > I know I can arrange an own
> > solution to suppress both behaviours (patch require or check if a
> > file is already slowly dofiled) but I feel that require() should do this
> > alone. Now require isn't so much usefull as it could be. And I don't see
> > arguments to let require() as it is.
> Well circular module dependencies _may_ cause trouble and can therefore
> easily be supported in general.  In some cases, the following might work.
> Mark the module as loaded (in the global _LOADED table) just before
> "luaB_require" runs the module (in lbaselib.c, ln 480 for lua5.0b) instead
> of afterwards.  This prevents cyclic loading of packages.  If the modules
> involved do not actually use any other module's variables in their
> scope then this will do the trick.  In other cases the behavior may be
> unpredictable... [!]

This is what I did in my require() implementation for 4.0, by analogy to
this C idiom:

#ifndef _FOO_H
#define _FOO_H

#include <bar.h>
#include <baz.h>

/* foo.h body goes here */

If nested includes call for this header, it will only be included once. This
seems natural to C people, at least....

By the way, it can be quite useful to have access to the body of the _LOADED
table; at some point, this was not accessible to Lua code.  I'm too lazy to
look at 5.0 right now.