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> -----Original Message-----
> From: [] On Behalf Of Roberto Ierusalimschy
> Sent: Thursday, July 24, 2014 6:52 AM
> To: Lua mailing list
> Subject: Re: Libraries and the Heap
> > When I first started my Lua project, I ran into a problem with it crashing as the standard Lua libraries were loading.  It turned out that my  
> heap size was too small.  That's when I discovered that Lua libraries are loaded into the heap, in my embedded case, copying the routines from > flash into DRAM (or so I've been told).  Not an efficient use of memory.  I understand that eLua leaves the libraries in non-volatile memory.
> > 
> > My question is this; I assume libraries that I create will also be loaded into the heap.  Is this correct?
> Lua does not copy any C code to anywhere. Lua 5.1 (and previous versions) creates a small structure in the heap (~3 words) to represent each > C function that is loaded. Lua 5.2 creates nothing in the heap when you register a function. All versions create a table in the heap to represent > the entire library (~(8 + 6n) words) plus strings with the names of the functions. (I guess this table and strings are what eLua avoids.)
> -- Roberto

Thanks Roberto.  Evidently I got some incorrect information, or I misunderstood.  What you describe follows with what I found in the code.  This is good news!