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I wrote:
> When I get around to it, I may try to do something like that for
> the built-in Lua pattern matching functions. Basically a trace
> compiler for patterns. Not sure someone has done this yet and not
> sure whether this will work out.

Before someone jumps on that: yes, there _are_ compilers for regex
patterns (e.g. YARR), but AFAIK none of them are trace compilers.