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> I was wondering: what misbehaviours I should expect if I set non
> event-related fields of a metatable ?

The metatable is a regular table, and can be used for any mean.

> Is this endorsed by the language and will work as it should be expected
> from any table, or is there some problem regarding a special handling of
> metatables I am not aware of ?

Such use is completely "legal". The only small implementation detail is
that Lua assumes that metatables do not change very frequently. If they
do, some metatable tests (basically when accessing a table with that
metatable but without an __index field) may slow down a bit.

> setmetatable(bob,t1)
> [...]
> Since bob is a table and field b does not exist, __gettable get its
> metatable t1. Since t1 is non-nil and not a function, __gettable tries to
> get t1[b], which should yield 2.

Not so fast. "bob.b" will try to index the __index field in the metatable,
not the metatable itself! So, your example should read


-- Roberto