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On Fri, Sep 8, 2017 at 12:31 AM, 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?

It's as Daurnimator said.

While it does nothing toHowever, I like:

local function append(tbl, x, ...)
  if x == nil then
    return tbl
    tinsert(tbl, x)
    return append(tbl, ...)

or the golf version...

local function append(tbl, x, ...)
    return x == nil and tbl or append(tinsert(tbl, x) or tbl, ...)

Sorry. I saw puzzle and felt like participating. :)

> 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?

I agree that optional middle parameters are extremely clever and
tricky and sometimes convenient.

- Andrew Starks