Man call out

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  • void call_out(string fun, int delay, mixed arg, ...)
  • void call_out(closure cl, int delay, mixed arg, ...)


Set up a call to function fun in the current object, or to closure cl. The call will take place in delay seconds, with the remaining argument list provided. delay can be a minimum time of one second.

call_out() saves and restores the current user. It is now possible to use say() or write() which rely on a current user to be something useful.

call_out() can only call functions which are publicly accessible, i.e. "public" and "static" functions. "private" and "protected" functions can't be called.

The execution of the call_out()s implies a simple (not exhaustive) measure against rabbits: the evaluation costs of those call_outs() executing at the same time are summed up on a per-UID base. If the summed-up costs exceed the given maximum, a 'too long evaluation' error will occur and any remaining call_outs() of this user scheduled for the same time are discarded.


    call_out("RefreshMe", 10);

This will call the function RefreshMe() in 10 seconds without any arguments. The function RefreshMe() can then call out itself again which will result in a loop (not in a recursion) which can be used to check or set up things in the object in intervals. Be aware that callouts are stored in a linear list, and so are somewhat expensive for the driver.

And YES: self-replicating call_out()s, where each call_out() creates two or more other call_out()s in a loop (so called 'rabbits') slow the mud down very fast, and are even able to crash it. No need to try it yourself.

See Also

remove_call_out(E), call_out_info(E), find_call_out(E), this_player(E), reset(A), heart_beat(A)

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