Proxy objects and collection

Jason Orendorff jason.orendorff at
Thu Sep 4 05:42:54 PDT 2014

On Tue, Sep 2, 2014 at 1:07 PM, Daurnimator <quae at> wrote:
> I'm the maintainer of lua.vm.js[1], which allows Lua code to run in the
> browser.
> I've managed to construct a simple and robust cross-language bridge, so that
> Lua code can interact with Javascript objects.
> When the Lua no longer references the Javascript object, its garbage
> collector notifies me (via the __gc metamethod[2]).
> At this point, I drop the reference to the JS object, and the JS garbage
> collector can collect it if needed.
> However, currently, exposing a Lua function or object to Javascript does not
> have the same ability;
> there is no way (that I know of) to know when Javascript no longer needs
> your object.
> Example use case:
> A Lua script wishes to have a Lua function called on an interval:
> `timerid = window:setInterval(function() window.console:log("ping") end)`
> Later, it wishes to clear the timer:
> `window:clearInterval(timerid)`
> This will stop the function from being called, but I have no way to notify
> Lua that the function can be collected.

If the JS function contains the only strong reference to the Lua
function, then when the JS function is collected, the Lua function
will be collected too. Why isn't that sufficient? Does the Lua runtime
keep a list of all functions or something? What for?


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