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On Tue, 11 May 2010 11:17:39 -0700, Henk Boom <> wrote:

On 11 May 2010 12:50, Roberto Ierusalimschy <> wrote:

Unfortunately it is not true ;) The expression "#..." does make sense
and has a clear meaning, consistent with #f(x) (and with -f(x), -...,
etc.). And there are no plans to change varargs in 5.2.

One thing I wonder is why functions accept any number of arguments by
default, instead of requiring an exact number (this is a pet peeve of mine,
since I often call functions with the wrong number of arguments by
accident). Functions which require a variable number of arguments (or
optional arguments) could still use ... to get them.


Because Lua doesn't limit the language to accommodate errors. It's better to be able to do things like use functions as iterators that weren't designed to take all the parameters passed by the generic for.

If you find you're having a lot of trouble with functions taking the wrong number of parameters, consider using this:

  function argchecked(f, numargs)
    return function(...)
      if select('#',...)==numargs then f(...)
        else error(string.format(
          "%i arguments expected, got %i",
             numargs,select('#',...))) end