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- Subject: Re: [ANN] Lua 5.3.3 (rc1) now available
- From: Daurnimator <quae@...>
- Date: Thu, 12 May 2016 16:13:05 +1000
On 12 May 2016 at 15:03, Jonathan Goble <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> On Thu, May 12, 2016 at 12:49 AM, Daurnimator <email@example.com> wrote:
>> Previously the behaviour was undefined.
>> Changes in undefined behaviour are allowed between implementations as
>> well as between bugfix releases.
> While technically true, I believe consideration must be given to the
> fact that 1) the current behavior is well-known and relied upon by
> some people,
Is it? Could you link to some code that uses it?
> and 2) at least one person has asked how to distinguish
> between 5.3.2 and 5.3.3, most likely because of this change causing
I believe the case is the opposite: I guess that Dirk wishes to use
the newly defined behaviour, but to ensure that bugs don't occur when
run on an unpatched machine: wants to throw a warning/error if run in
older versions that says "please upgrade'
> I understand that it is technically undefined and thus technically can
> be changed, but I think enough people are relying on this (e.g. I'm
> guessing that many string-splitting functions are coded to work with
> the existing behavior) that it's going to break too much code to be
> acceptable for a bugfix release.
A quick look through http://lua-users.org/wiki/SplitJoin doesn't show
any string splitting functions that rely on the old behaviour.
Infact several solutions warn about the undefined behaviour (to quote:
"sep must not match the empty string.")