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lostgallifreyan wrote:
Suppose you have a LONG table full of several thousand NMEA
> sentences or whatever.. If you need to thin data in place
> according to some rule, you need table.remove().
> But if you use ipairs() you work forwards from index 1.

I'm not sure I'd use a simple flat table in a case like this. Maybe a linked list or some other structure could be more appropriate, depending on the frequency of operations and their relative cost.