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I'm compiling the following code in lualatex, and looking at the console log for the output of \showhyphens:

\language=99
\lefthyphenmin=1
\righthyphenmin=1
%\patterns{a9b ba}  % L1: ba-ba-ba-ba-ba-ba
%\patterns{a9b}  % L2: ba-ba-ba-ba-ba-ba
%\patterns{ba a9b}  % L3: ba-ba-ba-ba-ba-ba
\patterns{ba} \patterns{a9b}  % L4: babababababa
\showhyphens{babababababa}
\makeatletter\@@end

I don't understand the difference between L3 and L4, in particular why aren't there any hyphens in L4?

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