lua-users home
lua-l archive

[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next] [Date Index] [Thread Index]

> On 13 March 2015 at 16:21 Roberto Ierusalimschy <> wrote:
> > That does look interesting, although we’d have to check whether it
> > is possible for us to switch to LuaJIT. The last time I looked at it
> > that was not possible for lack of 64bit integer support (unfortunately
> > Lua’s default numeric type “double” is not at all appropriate
> > to our applications, and our Lua 5.1 is configured to use int64_t
> > instead, something that Lua is well designed to handle). However it
> > seems that in the meantime LuaJIT has gained support for some boxed
> > 64bit integers, which might be good enough if well integrated…
> (Out of topic) Can you give a brief explanation about why you need
> 64bit integer support? (I am writing something about the introduction
> of integers in Lua 5.3, and it would be good to have some more concrete
> examples of why people need 64bit integers.)

On a related note, we are currently considering upgrading from Lua 5.1 to Lua 5.2, rather than 5.3, because we _only_ need 64bit
integers, and 5.2 can be configured to use them exclusively, just like the 5.1 we are currently using.

We will of course first look into whether the floating point part of 5.3 can be safely and easily ignored in our use cases; our
concern is that the implicit conversion form integer to float might strike at inconvenient times...

...and we had already removed the implicit conversion or coercion from strings to integers from our version of Lua 5.1 because we
are not great friends of implicit type conversions of this kind.

Regards, Colin