[Dev-luatex] user_defined whatsits - store function?

Taco Hoekwater taco at elvenkind.com
Thu Sep 9 20:07:53 CEST 2010

On 09/09/2010 07:17 PM, Patrick Gundlach wrote:
> this is how I store the function:
>        n.value = string.dump(function() print("a") end)
> and this is how I read it:
>          fun = assert(loadstring(head.value))
>          fun()
> I guess that n.value "chokes" on \0 in strings.

Yes, and that is because internally the user_defined node has no room
to store the string length in. I can fix that (later), but it is not
intended usage and regardless it does not help you right now.

> So any idea on how to store a function?

Put the functions in a global lua table and store the index to it?
That allows upvalues, and faster too if the function is non-trivial.

Best wishes,

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