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Asko has produced his LNUM patch which allows for extra number types.
I use it on my little ARM devices where I need floating-point but
where it would be slow to make everything run as a double (emulated
floating-point!), so I can have doubles and regular longs in the same
Lua.  Works rather nicely, but you do need to patch the source.

steve d.

On Fri, Mar 6, 2009 at 7:49 AM, John Barham <> wrote:
> Hi all, Lua newbie (but long-time C and Python programmer) here, and
> apologies if this issue has already been resolved.
> Given the following:
>  1. Lua's number type is conventionally a typedef for 64-bit double
> precision floating-point numbers
>  2. 64-bit floats can only represent integers up to 53 bits of precision
>  3. 64-bit machines are becoming increasingly popular
> is there a case for adding a separate integer numeric type to Lua?  Or
> would it be feasible to emulate Python's arbitrary precision "long"
> integer type that is automatically created on overflow?
> I appreciate that currently having only one numeric type helps keep
> Lua simple, but I fear that on 64-bit machines Lua's number type might
> not be able to represent common integer values such as process ids or
> file offsets.
>  John