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edited February 2012 in Bugs Posts: 447

Can I use to store my own data associated with the body? If so then I think there's a bug. The code below should never print false but if I leave it running for 20-30 seconds, it eventually does.

Edit: changed the code to trigger the issue sooner. Within a few secs it will print false

function setup()
    nextT = 0
    bodies = {}

function draw()
    if ElapsedTime > nextT then
        for _,body in ipairs(bodies) do body:destroy() end
        bodies = nil
        bodies = makeBodies()
        nextT = ElapsedTime + .1

function makeBodies()
    local bodies = {}
    local box = physics.body(POLYGON,vec2(0,0),vec2(10,0),vec2(10,10),vec2(0,10))
    box.x = 20
    box.y = 361 = {mytype="box"}
    local ground = physics.body(POLYGON,vec2(0,0),vec2(WIDTH,0),vec2(WIDTH,20),vec2(0,20))
    ground.x = 0
    ground.y = 360
    ground.type = STATIC = {mytype="ground"}
    return bodies

function collide(contact)
    if then 


  • JohnJohn Admin Mod
    edited February 2012 Posts: 643

    @ruilov I encountered the bug when writing a physics example but i haven't been able to track it down yet. There's a global table that maps from integers to objects internally to allow the c code to keep references to arbitrary objects. I'm going to have a go at tracking it down. This code should come in handy, thanks!

  • Posts: 447

    cool, I don't really understand how it works, but why does it not just keep track of a pointer to the data?

  • JohnJohn Admin Mod
    Posts: 643

    With lua you can't keep a reference to pointers directly because they can change during garbage collection, so there's a reference system for that. There may be an issue with other parts of Codea mucking around with it though.

  • Posts: 521

    I also ran inti this bug. But fun app to code in the sofa with :)

  • Posts: 1

    Also ran into that bug. Here is the whole program to recreate it:

    function setup()
        circle = physics.body(CIRCLE,10) = 0
  • dave1707dave1707 Mod
    Posts: 9,470

    If you store information in a table and then save the table in, it works.

    function setup()
        circle = physics.body(CIRCLE,10)
        for x,y in pairs( do
  • I have this problem too.
    It seems that all bodies share the same info except if you make like Dave1707 did, using a temporary table. However that's a bit annoying...

  • dave1707dave1707 Mod
    Posts: 9,470

    I'm not sure what info you want to save, but this is probably the way I should have shown it. You can save whatever you want in info, it just has to be in the form of table entries.

    function setup()      c1 = physics.body(CIRCLE,50){"It can be a single table entry"}          c2 = physics.body(CIRCLE,50){"or it ","can be","multiple","table","entries"}          print("\ninfo for c1")     for a,b in pairs( do         print(a,b)     end          print("\ninfo for c2")     for a,b in pairs( do         print(a,b)     end end function draw()     background(30, 30, 30, 25) end
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