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> Obviously we still need to keep around bytewise operations on some
> stringlike thing. (Wait, obviously? If you're not in a single-byte
> locale the candidates for bytewise ops look like things you don't
> necessarily want to intern at first sight. The counterexample is
> something like binary SHA-1 for table lookup.)

Mind, Lua strings are often not strings of text, but strings of binary data...

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