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- Original message -
You should think very hard about whether...

That's exactly what I proposed originally, just not articullately enough.

On 10/18/07, Olivier Galibert <> wrote:
> On Thu, Oct 18, 2007 at 11:45:53AM -0700, Brent Fulgham wrote:
> > Can more magic be used to handle this in the lexer?
> You should think very hard about whether you want to be able to
> interpret the previous language in the first place.
> It may be a better idea, long term, to convert all the old scripts to
> the lua syntax, which it seems sed or equivalents can do handily, and
> then remove the converter, and the old scripts if you can, from the
> hands of your users.  A little brutal maybe, but the syntax is close
> enough that the adaptation required of the users should be relatively
> simple.  Then they'll work from the converted scripts, which will be
> lua.
> If you convert on the fly, as you propose to do, the users will have
> no incentive to learn lua.  They'll only learn some things as they
> need it (like if, I presume), and you'll end up with the
> frankesteinian horror of something that won't be either your old
> syntax nor lua.  And sed scripts may not be sufficient at that point.
>   OG.