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### Drop some results

Posted: Sun Nov 10, 2019 2:23 pm
If only one value needed from a set of the returned values by a function what is the best approach?

For example, you need the third return value of a function, you can do like this:

a,b,c,d = Manyvalues()
DebugPrint(c)
a,b,d = Nil

Not an elegant solution to use three needless variables.

A creative method could be used liked this:

c = Pack ( Manyvalues() )[2]
DebugPrint(c)

Don't know which one is more optimal by speed and memory, but the latter looks better for the eye

Is there any other solution? Maybe something from the Lua syntax?

### Re: Drop some results

Posted: Sun Nov 10, 2019 2:58 pm
Why do you set a,b,d to NIL if they are not needed?

### Re: Drop some results

Posted: Sun Nov 10, 2019 3:37 pm
LarsB wrote:
Sun Nov 10, 2019 2:58 pm
Why do you set a,b,d to NIL if they are not needed?
That's to deallocate them.

### Re: Drop some results

Posted: Sun Nov 10, 2019 4:17 pm
Interesting problem. I actually encounter that same problem every now and then, but so far it havent been speed critical, and I have only had usually 2 max 3 values coming, so I have simply used local a,b to store the values, in which case Hollywood will itself take care of removing the a (and b as well).

But indeed, it might not be a bad idea to have some exact and fast way to access only one of the coming values.

### Re: Drop some results

Posted: Sun Nov 10, 2019 7:06 pm
I wonder why you assign the values at all if you don't need them ?

This will work:

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``````myfunc=Function()
Return(1,2,3,4)
EndFunction

a,b,c=myfunc()
DebugPrint(a)
DebugPrint(b)
DebugPrint(c)
DebugPrint(d)``````
This, too:

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``````myfunc=Function()
Return(1,2,3,4)
EndFunction

a,b,c,d,e=myfunc()
DebugPrint(a)
DebugPrint(b)
DebugPrint(c)
DebugPrint(d)
DebugPrint(e)
``````

### Re: Drop some results

Posted: Sun Nov 10, 2019 8:44 pm
lazi wrote:
Sun Nov 10, 2019 2:23 pm
If only one value needed from a set of the returned values by a function what is the best approach?

For example, you need the third return value of a function, you can do like this:

a,b,c,d = Manyvalues()
DebugPrint(c)
a,b,d = Nil

Not an elegant solution to use three needless variables.
I usually just create local variables, and this kind of stuff is usually used in some code block/function, so they're deleted automatically then.

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``````local a,b,c,d = Manyvalues()
Debugprint(c)``````
If used in the main level of the code, then I set them to Nil like you, but it's quite rare... I would guess using extra function like Pack would be slower.

### Re: Drop some results

Posted: Mon Nov 11, 2019 9:52 am
lazi wrote:
Sun Nov 10, 2019 2:23 pm

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``````a,b,c,d = Manyvalues()
Debugprint(c)
a,b,d = Nil``````
This seems to be the best way, but it can be optimized a bit further:

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``````a, a, c, a = Manyvalues()
Debugprint(c)
a = Nil``````
Checked in the Lua world and only a select() function can be find for similar problems, but that is not needed here.
(http://www.lua.org/manual/5.1/manual.html#pdf-select)