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> by the way, I found a bug (or not?):
> s = [[
> two new lines before me]]
> print (string.format('%q', s))
> "\
> two new lines before me"

Before saying "bug", please consult the Lua reference manual. Quoting
section 2.1:

For convenience, when the opening long bracket is immediately followed
by a newline, the newline is not included in the string.