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- Subject: Re: array indices in lua
- From: Jerome Vuarand <jerome.vuarand@...>
- Date: Mon, 30 Nov 2009 14:22:35 +0100
2009/11/30 cynthia powers <email@example.com>:
> I know arrays start from 1 in lua, and the lua libraries adhere to this
> convention. Is there a way (a macro perhaps) to get it to start from 0
> instead and have the libraries working as usual?
> My setup is as follows:
> From a c++ world/environment, I have an antler parser gets which
> "generates" a lua testcase. Each of these tests that I generate are not pure
> lua, they are in a "c calling lua" and in turn "lua-calling c" environment,
> that gets run on slave processors. When I generate the lua testcases, if I
> could have everything starting from 0, life would gets a lot easier for
It all depends on the Lua code you want to preserve. If it uses ipairs
only to iterate over arrays, you can override it. However if it uses
#t as mentionned by Mark Feldman you cannot override it for tables.
Even if you did override it (by wrapping tables with proxy userdata),
constructs such as for i=1,#t do end wouldn't iterate over index 0.
Also, you can find patched ("enhanced") Lua versions online with
0-based indexing. This is not Lua but it's close and may fit your