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It was thus said that the Great once stated:
> The main reason why I have a buffer module is not just for mutable network
> buffers.  I do have a binary packer/parser that works on Buffer,Segments
> and Lua strings alike, however, when you pass it a buffer it can do simple
> writes which makes it really convenient:

  We have a difference of approach.  I tend to convert raw binary data into
native Lua data (usually a table of fields) as soon as possible, do all the
manipulations using straight Lua, then pack everything back up into raw
binary data.