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How to count objects using LUA script


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Hello everyone,

 

I am trying to get a count of how many crates i have but am having a hard time figuring out how to refer to them directly to get a proper count. I want to do this to be able to track crates as i get rid of them and to add in new ones as they are generated.

 

Thanks for any help!

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You could perform a count of world entities and then cycle through confirming name, but i would assume that would be too expensive and might cause a noticeable pause in the game when adding or removing. One way might be to add a script to the crate model that checks for a global table (or creates the table if it doesn't exist) that adds the crates entities to it. Then all you would have to do is count the number of items in the table. When the crate is removed from the scene then the script can use the function Script:Detach() to decrement the table.

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I was looping through all entities in the world each update in my map script and didn't notice any fps drops, so I think it's good enough.

Something like this:


for i=0,App.world:CountEntities()-1 do

local entity = App.world:GetEntity(i)

if entity:GetKeyValue("name") == "Crate" then

--this is your crate entity, can count it or delete

end

end

Strange that CountEntities and GetEntity aren't in documentation, they are very important.

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Thank you both for the help! These are great ideas and should ease my struggles tongue.png Also @Genebris I searched the documentation and was looking for those exact ideas but ended up trying count child which of course did not work lol

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