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Agreed, If we could throw tables, or other types it would be much better.

On 2/16/06, Chris <> wrote:

>  The problem with string error messages can be pointed at in your own
> example:
> >    elseif problem == "radiu failure"

That's a typo and you can make one in a lua type and it migh not be
noticed by the compiler. Lua is not "strict" language that certainly
doesn't help.  Shit happens in every language (human too),

>  Numeric error codes (or other "fixed" types like an exception) are much
> more useful for error handling in code.  The strings are good for the end
> user for sure but code needs a little more.

[id-est:~] lego% src/lua-5.1/src/lua
Lua 5.1  Copyright (C) 1994-2006, PUC-Rio
> print("5"+2)
> a = 7
> b = 8
> print (a..b)
> ^D

You can use numbers as well if you prefer... like in perl numbers are
strings and strings can be numbers. ( I got a headache with
luaL_optstring() 'till I did not understand this)

>  This is especially true when dealing with multiple languages like I am.  I
> have a Lua backend interfacing to C, XML-RPC, and JavaScript.  The text
> messages are just not reliable enough with all these systems in play (versus
> numeric codes which would be easy to deal with in all those systems).
lua_error(L,"\xff\x01your error code");

int handler(L) {
   const char* err = lua_tostring(L,1);
   if ( *err == '\xff' ) switch (*(err+1)) {
     case '\x01':
     case '\x02':

This trick might help.


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