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On Fri, Oct 9, 2009 at 6:02 PM, Klaus Ripke <> wrote:
> compilation creates the function body,
> but the assignment to the global fire happens at runtime

Yes, exactly.  So the only way to get some freedom of ordering n a
program is to have a main() call at the very end.  Then the definition
of main can be at the start.  If you want local functions (which are
good for several reasons) in arbitrary order then:

local fun1,fun2

fun2 = function() fun1() end

fun1 = function() print 'fun!' end


There is a temptation to write local function fun1 () .. but as
pointed out, that gives you another local!

steve d.