LlListFindList

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Summary

Function: integer llListFindList( list src, list test );

Returns the integer index of the first instance of test in src.

• list src what to search in (haystack)
• list test what to search for (needle)

If test is not found in src, -1 is returned.
The index of the first entry in the list is 0
If test is found at the last index in src the positive index is returned (5th entry of 5 returns 4).

Caveats

  • Strict type matching and case sensitivity is enforced.
    • "1" != 1
    • "1.0" != 1.0
    • 1 != 1.0
    • "a822ff2b-ff02-461d-b45d-dcd10a2de0c2" != (key)"a822ff2b-ff02-461d-b45d-dcd10a2de0c2"
    • "Justice" != "justice"
  • If test is an empty list the value returned is 0 rather than -1.
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Examples

list numbers = [1, 2, 3, 4, 5];
default
{
    state_entry()
    {
        integer index = llListFindList(numbers, [3]);
        if (index != -1)
        {
            list three_four = llList2List(numbers, index, index + 1);
            llOwnerSay(llDumpList2String(three_four, ","));
            // Object: 3,4
        }
    }
}
//You can also search for two items at once to find a pattern in a list
list avatarsWhoFoundMagicLeaves = ["Fire Centaur","Red Leaf"];
default
{
    state_entry()
    {
        integer index = llListFindList(avatarsWhoFoundMagicLeaves, ["Fire Centaur","Red Leaf"]);
        if (index != -1)
        {
            list output = llList2List(avatarsWhoFoundMagicLeaves, index, index + 1);
            llOwnerSay(llDumpList2String(output, ","));
            // Object: Fire Centaur, Red Leaf
        }
    }
}

Useful Snippets

An easy way to see if an item exists in a list...

if(~llListFindList(myList, (list)item))
{//it exists
    // This works because ~(-1) produces 0, but ~ of any other value produces non-zero and causes the 'if' to succeed
    // So any return value (including 0) that corresponds to a found item, will make the condition succeed
    // It saves bytecode and is faster then doing != -1
    // This is a bitwise NOT (~) not a negation (-)
}

See Also

Functions

•  llSubStringIndex Find a string in another string

Deep Notes

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   llSortedListFindList() - improved llListFindList() for known to be sorted lists
   llSubListFindList() - Search within a sub-list

Signature

function integer llListFindList( list src, list test );

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