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On Sun, Sep 22, 2013 at 5:29 PM, liam mail <> wrote:

On 22 September 2013 12:47, Jayanth Acharya <> wrote:
In the list of published metamethods available in every document that I read, I seem to be unable to find __gt and __ge anywhere. Are those really no present, or am I missing something (like checking the right place, doc) ?

If those are really absent, then does it mean we cannot use metatables to support the > and >= operators for say table comparison ?

See [1] and the notes after each of the "le" and "lt" operators, the operators you mention come for free when you define other operators.

Thanks Liam. Probably 5 minutes after posting that question, I found a mail written by Peter Hill way back 2004, asking this question, and also the answer, but I had completely missed the note in the manual.

So, if I understand this correctly, I cannot use the < and <= operators in Lua code while comparing 2 tables say 'a' and 'b', where the intent was to check (a < b). However I could rewrite the Lua code as (b > a). Right ?

If so, then this is semantically correct, but makes the code less readable, no ?