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working with "true" and "false" strings

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Posted by R-Strunk   (3 posts)  [Biography] bio
Date Tue 01 Mar 2022 08:16 PM (UTC)
I want to create a set of filters that will stay consistent from one session to the next. I believe the best way to do this is with the GetVariable and SetVariable functions.
However, I'm also hoping to be able to have the variables in a set of tables, such that the final object might look like this for ease of comparisons:
beaconfilter = {
asteroid = {text = false, sound = false},
cargo = {text = false, sound = false},
cloud = {text = false, sound = false},
mineable = {text = false, sound = false},
organic = {text = false, sound = false}}

I could, in theory, populate the table with GetVariable on world open using a nested set of for loops.
In so doing, however, the sub-tables would be populated with "true" and "false" strings rather than true and false bools.
A few questions, then:
1. Am I off my rocker in terms of this approach?
2. If this approach is decent, how might I convert the GetVariable results to bools so I don't have to worry about quite so many quote marks when processing the code?
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Posted by Nick Gammon   Australia  (22,928 posts)  [Biography] bio   Forum Administrator
Date Reply #1 on Tue 01 Mar 2022 09:49 PM (UTC)
The easiest way is to "serialize" your table as described here: http://www.gammon.com.au/forum/?id=4960

Then the bools stay bools and you only have to do one SetVariable rather than one per item.

- Nick Gammon

www.gammon.com.au, www.mushclient.com
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