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On 8 September 2017 at 15:31, Dirk Laurie <> wrote:
> I used to have the following statement in nearly all of my programs.
>     local append = tinsert
> where tinsert is a local variable with value table.insert. The idea is
> that when the `pos` parameter is omitted, I prefer for the sake of
> easy reading to use a different name.
> Today, I needed to do this instead:
> local append = function(tbl,x) tinsert(tbl,x) end
> Why would that be?

You probably called something like:

append(t, s:gsub("foo", "bar"))

==> gsub returns two values, and the extra argument makes table.insert
do something that's not append.

> Once you have figured it out, the next question is: should I have
> expected table.insert to behave that way or is it a deviation from
> what the manual says?

What is the deviation from the manual?

The main take away is that optional middle arguments are evil.

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