[luatex] macros to invoke lua in LaTeX

Taco Hoekwater taco at elvenkind.com
Thu Mar 5 18:07:10 CET 2009

Hi Ulrike,

Ulrike Fischer wrote:
> luatex the other side is _new_. Why doesn't it use names where 
> there is less danger that someone will try to overwrite it? 

Well, that is why the primitive \primitive exists (and the alias
\pdfprimitive): so that you always have access to all primitives
in the engine (well, unless a smartass package would redefine
\primitive and \pdfprimitive, of course).

> It would be a
> pity if you would have to use \latexluanewthing with latex3 and
> \ctxluanewthing with context and \memluanewthing in latex2e when
> using the memoir class and \komaluanewthing when using a KOMA-class. 

That virtual "you" will not be using all of these packages, and
even if that "you" would do so, I still don't see a *practical*
case for each of those packages having an *actual* clash with
*any* primitive. The whole name conflict thing has been virtual
so far, with the only person actually affected: Hans himself.

Let's be clear on this: we will not start prefixing every new
primitive with some random string, and I believe we have explained
quite thoroughly why we will not do so. We have heard all the
arguments in favour of prefixes before, and we are still not

Best wishes,

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