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2013/6/20 Roberto Ierusalimschy <>:
>> > I think nobody should give lightuserdata to a script just like a variable.
>> I'm not sure what you mean exactly here, but giving userdata, light or
>> not, to a Lua script is totally harmless because userdata has no instrinsic
>> operations, except for equality test. The real issue is sending userdata
>> to the host: C code must ensure the validity of the corresponding pointer.
> I guess what he means is that it is not trivial to ensure the validity
> of a light userdata. So, more often than not, when a lightuserdata
> goes to a script, it ends up being used by its corresponding C library
> without a proper validation.
> -- Roberto

Yes, just like Roberto said, I'm more talking about an "ownership" of
pointer. If a C function pass a lightuserdata to Lua and this script
store it, the pointer may be invalidated by the C host at any time.
That's why I advise to use real userdata when we don't know when the
data will be deleted.

Sorry for not being concise, I'm not native english speaker..


Demelier David