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- Subject: Inverse of string.format?
- From: Dirk Laurie <dirk.laurie@...>
- Date: Fri, 16 Jan 2015 07:54:26 +0200
2015-01-16 2:58 GMT+02:00 Jorge <email@example.com>:
> read() is not not supposed to read *anything*, only *values*. When it
> returns nil, it isn't retuning anything of what you wanted to get from the
> call: it failed.
file:read() is a beautiful function, a marvellous example of the
pragmatism that characterizes Lua: ite reads mainly raw bytes,
optionally delimited by end-of line, but can read a specified quantity
of numbers delimited by whitespace.
But I'm still missing an inverse to string.format, the way that
string.unpack is an inverse to string.pack.
> fmt = "n=%3i x=%6.3g"
> s = fmt:format(10,6.35762); s
I suspect it is not as simple as making an API to C's sscanf,
dropping field length modifiers, otherwise we would have had