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Function: list llParseString2List( string src, list separators, list spacers );

Returns a list that is src broken into a list of strings, discarding separators, keeping spacers, discards any null values generated.

• string src source string
• list separators separators to be discarded
• list spacers spacers to be kept


  • All empty strings (that would arise from a spacer or separator being adjacent to each other or the ends) are removed;
  • Only the first 8 separators and first 8 spacers that you specify will be used. Any beyond that will be ignored (see Useful Snippets section below if this is an issue for you);
  • All separators and spacers must be strings. All other types will be ignored;
  • Separators take precedent over spacers. The string is parsed from start to finish. Each position is compared against the separators then spacers before moving onto the next position;
  • Duplicate separators and spacers have no ill effects;
  • All entries in the return are typed as string. Use explicit typecasting on llList2String to convert the values into other types. Do not rely upon the implicit typecasting of the other llList2* functions (as they typically return a default value);
  • Remember to capture the result of the operation with a variable, unless you are planning to act directly on the results.
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<lsl>default {

       // This will say:
       // <A><crazy><fox><.><Saw><the><moon><.><.>
       string my_string = "A crazy fox.  Saw the moon..";
       list my_list = llParseString2List(my_string,[" "],["."]);
       llOwnerSay("<" + llDumpList2String(my_list,"><") + ">");
       // This will say:
       //  <A><crazy><fox><.><><><Saw><the><moon><.><><.><>
       my_list = llParseStringKeepNulls(my_string,[" "],["."]);
       llOwnerSay("<" + llDumpList2String(my_list,"><") + ">");

Useful Snippets

Examples of processing more than 8 spacers or separators:

•  ParseString2List Functions exactly the same as llParseString2List and llParseStringKeepNulls.
•  separateWords Functions exactly the same as llParseString2List unless you violate it's additional preconditions.

Appears to be correct at a glance.


If you indicate that something is a separator, it will split the string where it finds the indicated separator(s), and strip out the separator.

If instead you indicate that something is a spacer, it will split the string where it finds the spacer(s), but leave the spacer there and include it in the results.

<lsl>string myString = "What Are You Looking At?";

llSay(0, (string)llParseString2List(myString, ["W", "A", "Y", "L", "A"], [] )); //returns: hat re ou ooking t?

llSay(0, (string)llParseString2List(myString, [], ["W", "A", "Y", "L", "A"] ) ); //returns: What Are You Looking At?</lsl>

Using " " as a separator will parse a sentence into words.

If you there is no spacer you care about, just use [] as the spacer.

If an empty strings is used as a separator or a spacer, it will have no effect.

See Also


•  llParseStringKeepNulls
•  llDumpList2String
•  llCSV2List
•  llList2CSV


•  Separate Words
•  LSL-Editor/Bugs

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function list llParseString2List( string src, list separators, list spacers );