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On Wed, Apr 11, 2018 at 9:00 PM, Reinder Feenstra
<> wrote:
> A possible solution could be if you we're able to hint the GC a virtual size
> for the userdata.

Yeah, that may be nice. A single word can contain it, but you would
need to hint it right, if you have a forest you need to hint the
forest size, ....

> I'd had the same issue with calls to lua from C++ with userdata. The
> userdata only contained a std::shared_ptr, so it was small for lua, but it
> contained "virtually" a data chunk that could be a few MB up to 256 MB.
> Under some conditions up to 1000 of them where kept alive until the GC
> decided to clean up some of them. We "solved" it by making the GC very
> agressive, to make sure unused reference were cleaned up fast.
> I've not yet found a better solution.

And there comes another problem. I have many objects with shared ptr
to them stored in userdata, and then they contain a lot of shared ptr

Estimating the full size of reachable memory from each userdata would
lead the GC to think they consume many times more than they usually

Also, there are shared ptrs unknown to lua, so even without external
sharing lua can overstimate the amount of memory it's going to free (
or the used one ), but this is probably harmless.

What I've found is in directly-controled memory, lua owned objects,  I
can just allocate the chunk in the user data ( and slice it with
placement new if needed ), but for complex stuff I just do not have
enough control of how much would be freed, and it does not normally
matter anyway.

Francisco Olarte.