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On Thu, 2004-11-04 at 17:34 -0800, Mark Hamburg wrote:
> I think your patch actually does:
>     table first
>     __methcall next
>     __index last

I must apologise; you're quite right; I was misreading the semantics of
the last line of my luaV_methindex. It is of course
table[method] first
then if neither metatable.__methcall or metatable.__index exists; return
then try to call (metatable.__methcall or metatable.__index)
then try to index as a table (metatable.__methcall or metatable.__index)

blergh; you can tell I'm tired.

> You would want the table to come before __index anyway if you wanted to
> preserve Lua's semantics when not using __methcall (or __methindex or
> whatever).

Yeah; but with a suitable __index,__setindex and a protected metatable
you cover your backs wrt. putting attributes into the table which could
cause issues. (E.g. by actually putting them into a proxy table)

Then again; perhaps __methcall should trump the contents of the table
after all? *stares at lvm.c for a moment*

Aha; that's where my confusion arose.

I was looking at (in isolation from each other) my patch; and the lvm.c
from lua 5.1 without trying to apply the patch to it. It wouldn't apply
due to massive changes which will force me to forward-port the patch

When I port the patch to lua 5.1, I imagine that since I'll have to
change the integration into the main vm loop ( OP_SELF has changed
dramatically) I'll probably make the ordering as I described. I.E.
__methcall, then __index, then the table itself. I feel that's the most
useful ordering as I don't like the idea of individual instance objects
overriding methods by setting internal attributes.


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