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Mark Hamburg kirjoitti 22.6.2008 kello 8:35:

On a broader front, there is the question: What does it mean to copy a closure from one state/universe to another? In particular, if I assign to an upvalue while executing the closure in the receiving universe, is that change reflected in the source universe?


I think the closure should be copied with those upvalues that it has at the moment of copying. From there on, the values would live their separate lives.

Then again, this is a matter of patching / changing the core Lua, so I would use anything they offer.

It would indeed be good to have a "working group" discussing the remaining cases (closures, userdata, coroutines) - how to copy them between independent states. Such a workgroup could create necessary core patching and gather experience on using it with Lanes


- should be simple
- usage cases, where is this needed?
- maybe doable via debug API?


- multiple considerations. GC, light or real userdata etc. I am perfectly fine with no userdata copying between states, unless "killer" usage cases can be shown. Can they?


- why would you want to?   i.e. usage cases, please.

This work can commence separately of any existing parallelizing library. Even agreeing that something is utterly meaningless (s.a. copying coroutines?) would be a good decision.