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On Mon, Mar 17, 2014 at 9:41 PM, Rena <> wrote:
> s = ('xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx'):rep(99999999):rep(99999999):rep(99999999)
> This not only consumes a lot of memory, but because nearly all of the time
> is spent in string.rep, debug hooks won't be called either (the entire
> function call is a single Lua operation)

This is why it's useful to disable the string metatable temporarily.
See the 'paranoid' mode of pretty.load:

(note also the ugly and rather slow lexical scan needed to weed out
loop constructs - hence the data mode patch)