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Generate a Copy of a Function

Posted on 2008-06-23
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I'm looking to copy a function, override it, and use the copy where I overrided the function.

For example:
file: fns.js, function test(a, b){ return (a+b)};
file: index.html
<script>
var oldFn = test;

function test(a,b) {
  return oldFn(a+2, b-2);
}
</script>

index.html is including fns.js.

The error I'm seeing is "Too many recursive calls." Which is leading me to believe that the oldFn var is being replaced with the new declration of "test", so it's calling itself.

I've done a lot of searching and haven't found anything that could help. There's a lot of examples of object copying (which I've tried, with no luck), but nothing with function copying.

Thanks in advance
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Which browser(s) did you get that error message in?
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Firefox for right now. Didn't test it in IE.
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Bumping again..
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Ah. I should have tested with your exact code earlier.

Try using an anonymous function when you redefine it:
function test(a, b){ return (a+b)};
 
var oldFn = test;
 
test=function(a,b) {
  return oldFn(a+2, b-2);
}

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by:AWarrenM
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Wow Krav.. I thought I tried that. But I looked back and noticed I had  test  = new function...

Silly silly.

Thank you.
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