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On Tue, Oct 20, 2009 at 8:53 AM, Sam Roberts <> wrote:
> On Tue, Oct 20, 2009 at 8:04 AM, Gary Bringhurst <> wrote:
>> Where can I find a definitive discussion of weak keyed tables and the
>> behavior of primitive data types as those weak keys?  My tests say that
>> unique string keys are never collected, and while I can see a justification
>> for that I'd really like to know the relationship of primitive types such as
>> strings to the garbage collector. Do we have to use tables or user data as
>> keys in weak keyed tables in order for them to be collected?

Sorry, it is too early in the morning, I didn't see the "weak".

If that was true, it would surprise me, I would expect a weak-keyed
table to have a pair cleared from it, both key and value, when the
value no longer has a reference outside the table.