[NTG-context] Working with variables in Lua(TeX)

Taco Hoekwater taco at elvenkind.com
Fri Mar 19 14:57:31 CET 2010

Jaroslav Hajtmar wrote:
> Hello,
> I am sorry, I am novice in this maillist and in Lua(TeX) too. I dont 
> know if my problem isn't off topic.
> My inquiry is here: Is it make possible with variables in Lua(TeX) do 
> for similar "hara-kiri" like in Perl or PHP by this example?:
> $a="b";
> $$a="456";
> print $b; # result 456

There is no symbol dereferencing in lua. This is a good thing(tm),
in my opinion. If you want trickery like this, you have to resort
to loadstring (which is the lua equivalent of eval)

Best wishes,

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