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I have it working now with a weak table in the registry that contains the pointer-to-table lookup for all my objects.

Thanks for all the suggestions.


Asko Kauppi wrote:

Lua has closures, which are really nice. You can combine a function (shared by all your callbacks) with the actual data being processed as an upvalue (different per callback). You can usually have this done on the Lua side of things.

If I got your problem right, this would allow a solution without any need to have references in the registry?

Brian Weed kirjoitti 18.4.2007 kello 0:28:

So, I have this problem with my C++ object binding system. I've recently added code to store the Lua table that represents my C++ object in the lua registry, with the objects pointer as a key. I did this so that I can look up the table from the pointer for C++ to Lua callbacks (i.e. to call a buttons OnClick() method from C++). However, since I'm storing the lua table in the registry, it is no longer garbage collected (since it still has a reference)...I had put the code to remove the reference in the GC method of the object, so of course it never gets called (DOH).

My question is this: How can I store a reference to my lua object (a table) without there being an extra reference to it in Lua so it can be garbage collected?
I'm guessing that there is no official way to store it on the C++ side.