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   There are problems with this.  I might want to keep Lua with doubles, but
dump the compiler and only deal with Lua bytecodes.  Or I might want a Lua
with long ints, the compiler, but not the standard libraries (table.*, io.*,

   I think there are two classes of people, those who embed Lua and thus,
can deal with changing lua_Number to a long int, or excluding certain
portions of Lua, and what not.  Then there are the people who want to use
Lua as Lua and tend to use the Lua standalone interpreter much as one would
use python or perl or ruby.  These people want the batteries to be included.

   Me, I work with Lua as a library, so I don't particularly care if the
batteries are included (I rather like it as it, sans batteries).  But that's
my preference.


Thanks Sean

It would have been easy to ship Lua with different number types already, so I agree with you, it must unnecessary.

However what do you think about a fatter community edition? Even if you like Lua the way it is, would you find the list a nicer place if the discussion changed from Lua-team-do-this, Lua-team-do-that, to" let's add this to the community edition"?