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Thanks guys, all very useful responses! This is what I was trying to find. TY!

On Aug 31, 2017, at 12:57, Derek Bailey <> wrote:

In 5.3, there is math.maxinteger and math.huge (

On Thu, Aug 31, 2017 at 12:39 PM, Matthias Dörfelt <> wrote:

in C++ I often times use idioms like:

auto shortestDistance = std::numeric_limits<float>::max()
// …
for(auto item : list)
        float dist = determineDistance(item);
        if(dist < shortestDistance)
                // ...
                shortestDistance = dist;
// …

After browsing for a while I could not find any similar constant to std::numeric_limits<float>::max() to get the biggest available number in lua. Is there one? If not, is there a reliable way to build my own function/constant?