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according to the reference manual multi-assignment is possible, eg,

x, y = 1, 2;

Does this apply within tables as well? eg,

table = {
	x, y = 1, 2;

Running this through lua and printing the table gives me

2 = 2
y = 1

which is not what I expected... Am I misunderstanding something or is the only way to do this to declare the table

table = {};

and then place into it

table.x, table.y = 1, 2;

which does do the right thing, but is not what I was trying to do