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> On Wed, Jun 22, 2011 at 12:21 AM, Luiz Henrique de Figueiredo
> <> wrote:
> > All feedback welcome. Thanks.
> Just an observation about the folly of depending on undocumented internals.
> Previously people could hijack the existing file objects by packing
> their own FILE* in the LUA_FILEHANDLE userdata, which was just FILE**.
>  Now that userdata looks like this:
> typedef struct LStream {
>    FILE *f;  /* stream */
>    lua_CFunction closef;  /* to close stream (NULL for closed streams) */
>  } LStream;
> (LuaJIT uses something similar)
> I mention this because I think there's a need for a standard way for
> extensions to create Lua file objects, or even on level of a
> 'io.fdopen' function that would create a file object from an existing
> file-like handle.  One particular use case would be a Windows
> extension wishing to provide a UTF-8 aware, or to redefine
> io.popen so it does not depend on the particular broken implementation
> of the Windows CRT.

The idea of this change is to allow that. Probably LStream should be
exported with a small documentation about how to use it; more or
less something like this:

   - create a userdata with a structure that is an "extension" of LStream.
   - set its metatable to "FILE*" (luaL_setmetatable)
   - set field 'f'
   - set field 'closef'

-- Roberto