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Surely it's much easier to just check the _VERSION global to get the
version? After all, in some future version of Lua, the version may not
be in the 5th byte, but _VERSION will definitely *not* be "Lua 5.1"

2008/11/6 Luiz Henrique de Figueiredo <>:
>> I suppose the lua version could be checked, as well, to address
>> versioning issues.
> The version is stored in the 5th byte.