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> Is the LUA_NUM_TYPE support in the process of being finalized,
> or is it obsolete, or does it only apply to Lua's internal
> processings ?

I would mark the last option. The idea is: "official" Lua uses double; but 
it is also part of the main idea behind Lua to be open enough so that you 
can change whatever you need/want for your specific needs. So, LUA_NUM_TYPE 
tries to make easier the task to change the "number" type in Lua, and it 
takes the bulk of the work; but if you want a clean and elegant final 
language with longs, you'd better put your hands on the code. 

-- Roberto