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Hisham <> wrote:
> Roberto Ierusalimschy <> wrote:
> >
> > > I would be more comfortable with _VERSION, with the Lua interpreter
> > > itself, as "master module", already adhering to that convention :-)
> The Lua interpreter does things that modules are not supposed to do,
> such as loading a bunch of globals. It is an example of "main program"
> behavior, not "module behavior".
> > +1.
> But what about what the Lua reference manual says about using names of
> that sort:
> "As a convention, programs should avoid creating names that start with
> an underscore followed by one or more uppercase letters (such as
> It even uses _VERSION as the example of what _not_ to do!

Thanks for asking this question, Hisham! I was too shy, but I had the
exact same thought. A few years ago, I rewrote all my modules *not* to use
_VERSION, _AUTHOR, etc.[1]

Maybe I didn’t need to rewrite them after all?

Best, P

[1] What I do now is export functions version(), author(), etc. It works
    out pretty much the same.

We have not been faced with the need to satisfy someone else's
requirements, and for this freedom we are grateful.
    Dennis Ritchie and Ken Thompson, The UNIX Time-Sharing System