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Function: string llGetObjectDesc( );

Returns a string containing the description of the prim the script is attached to.

To get the object's description (not the current prim's), use PRIM_DESC or OBJECT_DESC.


  • The prim description is limited to 127 bytes; any string longer then that will be truncated. This truncation does not always happen when the attribute is set or read.
  • The pipe character '|' and the newline character '\n' are not legal in a prim's description. They will be replaced with '?'.[1]
  • Note that when people have "Hover Tips on All Objects" selected in the viewer's "View" menu, they'll see the object description pop-up for any object under their mouse pointer. For that reason, it is good practice to only set human-friendly information in the description, e.g. keys and such.
  • When an attached object is detached, changes made by script to the name and description (of the root prim) of the attachment will be lost. While the object is attached the name and description can be changed but it will not be reflected in inventory. This caveat does not apply to child prims.
    KBcaution.png Important: This function does not get the description of the object's rootprim, but the description of the prim containing the script. Please use llList2String(llGetLinkPrimitiveParams(LINK_ROOT, [ PRIM_DESC ]), 0); instead.
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Get this prim's description
    //  PUBLIC_CHANNEL has the integer value 0
        llSay(PUBLIC_CHANNEL, "This prim's description: " + llGetObjectDesc() );
Get the root prim's description
    //  PUBLIC_CHANNEL has the integer value 0
        llSay(PUBLIC_CHANNEL, "Rootprim's description: "
            + llList2String(llGetLinkPrimitiveParams(LINK_ROOT, [ PRIM_DESC ]), 0));

See Also


•  llSetObjectDesc Sets the prim description.
•  llGetObjectName Gets the prim name.
•  llSetObjectName Sets the prim name.
•  llGetObjectDetails


•  Limits SL limits and constrictions
•  Prim Attribute Overloading

Deep Notes

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  1. ^ The pipe character historically has been used to separate fields in the serialized version of inventory. The field is not multi-line so the newline character holds no meaning in this context.


function string llGetObjectDesc();