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2007/9/21, David Burgess <>:
> If I create a metatable (lua_createtable()) and use lua_setmetable()
> to associate the metatable with a table and do not put the metatable
> in the registry with luaL_newmetatble(), am I right in thinking that
> because the metatable is is referenced by the table that the metatable
> will not be collected?
> And when I delete the table, the metatable will be collected because
> it is no longer referenced?

Yes. Being the metatable of another object prevent a table from being collected.