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Is there a command in Lingo similar in function to a "C" Sleep command?

Posted on 2001-09-04
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I would like to pause a handler for a brief amount of time.  I tried using a "pause" and a "delay" statement but they didn't seem to accomplish the results I need.  I am a novice to Director so I need specifics.
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by:winwiz
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I'm not sure you I have enough information about your issue.  But if you are trying to wait for something to occur, you could use a repeat while statement:

repeat while flag <> 1
--nothing
-- the behavior will sit here until flag = 1
end repeat


-- at some point you would set flag = 1 and the behavior will continue.

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hope this helps, if not, please be more specific about what you are trying to accomplish.

thanks
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by:bleek
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I was hoping for a set time for the pause, like a Sleep(1000) in "C".  I saw a "Wait for Time Duration "  but didn't get enough detail to use it. If there is no such feature, I will have to use a loop, but I was trying to avoid that.
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I have written a handler to use that should work exactly like the sleep() funcion in C.

put this code into a movie script, so you'll be able to call it from anywhere:

on sleep secs
  startTimer
  repeat while the timer < secs*60
    --do nothing  
  end repeat
  return
end

then, just like in C, you can have a time out any time by calling sleep():   i.e.=  

on beginsprite me
sleep(5) -- wait for 5 seconds
alert "it's been 5 seconds"
end
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by:bleek
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Thanks.  That seems to do the job.
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