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On 1-Dec-05, at 7:23 PM, Jens Alfke wrote:

OK. Then my next question is, what are the core bottlenecks that output goes through? In other words, what's the minimal set of functions I have to replace? There seem to be many different ways to write to stdout:
From the reference, it looks like print() calls io.stdout():write(), and io.write() calls io.output:write().

Unfortunately, that is not the case; print is implemented separately (and is in the base library, not the io library.)

However, you can redefine print fairly easily:

function print(...)
  -- uncomment the following line for 5.1
  -- local arg = {..., n = select('#', ...)}
  for i = 1, arg.n - 1 do io.write(tostring(arg[i]), "\t") end
  io.write(tostring(arg[arg.n]), "\n")

Would it work to create my own 'object' (table) and add a 'write' method to it, then make that the default output file?

Unfortunately (again) the io library was not really written with this in mind. It probably should have been.

That sounds like it should work, unless there is code inside the Lua VM that knows that files are userdata and gropes the FILE* pointers out of them.

Not inside the Lua VM; the lua VM itself has no i/o at all. But inside the standard io library, yes.

That said, there is nothing to stop you from replacing the functions in the io library either. Or, probably better, just writing your own interface-compatible replacement.