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> May I ask, what is an incremental parser?  One that streams stuff s.a.  
> Lua's own built-in parser does?  Or something else?

"Incremental parsers retain the document's structure, in the form of
its parse tree, and use this data structure to update the parse after
changes have been made by the user or by other tools."

"Efficient and Flexible Incremental Parsing" by Wagner and Graham