disableSerialization

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Description

Description:
Disable saving of script containing this command. After this, the script can work with data types which do not support serialization (UI types).
See Namespace serialization for more information.
In Arma 2 and up to a certain version of Arma 3, giving a Display or Control to spawned code would raise an error due to the usage of the then non-serializable _this variable. Using disableSerialization or uiNamespace wouldn't help; the trick here is to pass the argument inside an array:
_display = findDisplay 46; _display spawn { hint str _this; }; // would raise a serialization error [_display] spawn { hint str (_this select 0); }; // OK
Groups:
NamespacesGUI Control

Syntax

Syntax:
disableSerialization
Return Value:
Nothing

Examples

Example 1:
disableSerialization; private _display = findDisplay 46;

Additional Information

See also:
Display displayAddEventHandler displayRemoveAllEventHandlers displayRemoveEventHandler uiSleep

Notes

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Str
Posted on Jun 19, 2010 - 10:26 (UTC)
Can be used to detecting load. Scope with disabled serialization is discontinued after load, even if there's endless loop inside.
[] spawn { disableSerialization; waitUntil { false }; hint "Game was loaded!";};
Works for all possible load types - loading user save, loading autosave and resuming mission from main menu. Use with caution, as it creates an infinite loop, having impact at overall scripting time.
Killzone_Kid
Posted on Oct 23, 2013 - 02:57 (UTC)
If you do not store UI elements (Display, Control) in variables, you do not need disableSerialization; UI elements are usually returned by scripting commands such as findDisplay or passed as params in UI event handler scripts (displayAddEventHandler, ctrlAddEventHandler). This code will require disableSerialization:
disableSerialization; _display = findDisplay 123; _ctrl = _display displayCtrl -1; _ctrl ctrlSetText "LOL";
This code will not:
IT07
Posted on Jun 25, 2017 - 18:15 (UTC)
In Arma 3 1.74, a scripted FSM does somehow not work with disableSerialization. As a workaround, store a display inside an array. Example:
_display = [findDisplay idd];