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> [...] . Though I had wondered why the macros were used in the first
> place, instead of the '%s' directly in the format string as is being
> done now.

Until 5.0, Lua used `name' to quote stuff in its messages. (You can
still find several comments inside the code using that convention.) When
we changed that to 'name', we decided to use the macros, anticipating
other future changes (that never came, as usual).

-- Roberto