# [luatex] How to define an internal register?

Henri Menke henrimenke at gmail.com
Sat Jan 26 06:58:34 CET 2019

Dear list,

I am trying to define a command which behaves like an internal register
using the token library.  However, there are some complications.  For
example a register has to be settable using both

\register=<number>
\register<number>

Additionally, if no number is given it should raise a “cannot be used in
vmode” error or similar.  Also it has to be possible to get the value
using \the.  Below you can find a minimal example where I have already
achieved some of these things but others fail miserably.

Cheers, Henri

P.S.: I have also attached a much more complex example, so you can see
that I actually want to emulate pdfTeX's \pdfadjustinterwordglue.

---

\directlua{
local value = 0
%
function register()
local str = token.scan_string()
%
if str then
local int = string.gsub(str,"=","")
value = tonumber(int)
else
tex.sprint([[\numexpr]] .. value .. [[\relax]])
end
end
}

\protected\def\register{\directlua{register()}}

\register=1
\register=12
\register=123

\register1
\register12
\register123

\the\register
\the\register
\the\register

\bye
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