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To be honest, I considered bitlib the job for an extension, and I
believe it was... but lpack and bitlib make such a perfect pairing,
and the trust-factor associated with it being in the core would
definitely draw users from other languages who don't currently
consider Lua a contender for jobs like this.

On Mon, Jan 18, 2010 at 10:33 PM, steve donovan
<> wrote:
> On Tue, Jan 19, 2010 at 8:25 AM, Majic <> wrote:
>> Yes, I guess I must concede that a true pack()/unpack() for binary
>> streams would not be a necessity as you can just require() the module
>> whenever you want, it would just be nice to have it in the core
>> alongside bitlib for that greater flexibility...
> But we already have lhf's lpack and Roberto's lstruct. (The lstruct in
> Alien is a little older but extended to handle userdata as well.)
> May be nice to have such a 'builtin' facility, but it does seem like a
> job for an extension.  Otherwise, how do we know when to stop?