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If you really wanted, you could probably rejigger luac to output in
Pluto format rather than Lua chunk format pretty easily, and use that
as the "unified format".

On Tue, Feb 3, 2009 at 5:00 AM, John Hind <> wrote:
> You can serialise functions (but sadly not closures - their upvalues get
> stripped) using string.dump and you can serialise tables in special formats
> (or XML, or Lua source) using various libraries. You can persist both using
> Pluto, but again in a special format. My "itch" is that it should be
> possible to serialise run-time objects in dump format such that they can be
> read back using loadstring. The "engram" concept generates an outer function
> which constructs a data object and passes it off to the inner function -
> similar in concept to a closure, but with deep copy of tables and able to
> survive a round-trip through string.dump/loadstring.
> I'm aiming for a single-chip (SOAC) Lua implementation (on a high-end
> microcontroller) with a unified serial input stream used both for
> application loading and for run-time messaging. Round-tripping through the
> compiler is inefficient both in processing and in memory use (particularly
> for messaging) and I would also like to retain the possibility of dropping
> the compiler components to reduce the memory footprint in lower-end
> microcontroller chips.
>>>-----Original Message-----
>>>Of Asko Kauppi Sent: 02 February 2009 21:50
>>>You got me interested on what you're actually trying to gain.
>>>Lanes has similar stuff, when it dumps functions between Lua states.
>>>What's your particular itch on this?