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> This does mean that you'd have to freeze and document some part of the
> Lua internals to give a stable interface for the user's implementation
> of dump/undump.

I don't think so. The internals of dump/undump are pretty simple.

> Otherwise it would be annoying to have to re-implement
> it for every Lua release.

A bit annoying, yes. But Lua releases do not happen frequently...
Moreover, the number of useful dump/undump is not too large and ideally
each such pair would have a maintainer that would do the work each time
it is needed.