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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Tom Spilman" <>
To: "Lua List" <>
Sent: Wednesday, June 25, 2003 9:56 PM
Subject: table.copy

>     Is there a reason why there isn't a table.copy( table ) function in
> standard library?  Tom

The reason is, there are many ways to copy a table, and you cannot define a
simple "standard" way.

An example is: How is table recursion handled? The way you want to deal with
this is application dependant. Another example is userdata: A reference copy
may not be the desired thing to do.

It's simple to write a function of your own, and there are also several
mailed to this list, just search.