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On Feb 21, 2014, at 8:44 , steve donovan wrote:

On Fri, Feb 21, 2014 at 9:35 AM, René Rebe <> wrote:
Why is it you insists so much to refuse to improve a Lua core function to
return more precisely what the underlying system actually returned?

Because, when will it stop?  We all now that bad implementations and
ambiguities have created broken C run times.  Should Lua compensate
for all of them?

This is not compensating for brokenness, this is copying the whole result of the C function into the Lua string.

(There are exceptions which make sense: e.g. Windows' strftime is so
broken that it will crash when passed formatting options it does not
understand, so 5.2 checks the input)

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