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On Fri, Sep 16, 2011 at 7:48 AM, Dirk Laurie <> wrote:
> So: sometimes good, sometimes bad.

Actually, such a patch would be still useful for embedders that need
to squeeze some space efficiency out of their customized Lua, without
actually getting into mainline Lua.  Lua has a very accepting

What's interesting is that it provides a possible answer to the
question "what is ...?'. If ... is implemented as a Xavier-tuple, then
it must behave like a variable-list:

local a,b,c = ...
local args = {...}
local a = select(1,...)

What completes the picture and makes ... a first class value is if
there is a function or construct that allows it to be treated as a

local args = @... (or just tuple(...); we don't need a new sigil, but
a function call would be more expensive)

Then 'args' now has type 'tuple'.  Having a distinct new type means
that it gets a shared metatable and one can establish suitable
equality semantics etc.

steve d.