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On 29/09/2006, at 10:56 AM, Wesley Smith wrote:

I'm trying to "clear" an array after a loop is run and reuse it again
on the next iteration.  By "clear" I mean that I wat #array to be 0.

One approach which was discussed earlier is to remove all entries, like this:

for k in pairs (t) do
  t [k] = nil
end -- for

After that the table is empty, and getn returns 0.

This has the advantage that if you have other references to the table (you may not) then they all point to the same, emptied, table. Also, for small tables it may be faster than creating a new table. For larger tables, and if you don't have references to the table anywhere, making a new one is probably faster.

- Nick