process_string() - give a string with replaced calldescriptions
string process_string( string combinestring );
Processes a string by replacing specific syntactic patterns with what
is returned when the pattern is interpreted as a function call descrip‐
The syntactic patterns are on the form:
This is interpreted as a call:
filename->function(arg1, arg2, ....., argN)
Note that process_string does not recurse over returned replacement
values. If a function returns another syntactic pattern, that descrip‐
tion will not be replaced.
All such occurrences in 'combinestring' is processed and replaced if
the return value is a string. If the return value is not a string the
pattern will remain unreplaced.
Note that both object and arguments are marked optional with the brack‐
ets and that the brackets are not included in the actual pattern.
This is usually used to support 'value by function call' in the mudlib.
It is wise to set the effuserid of the object to 0 before using
process_value as any function in any object can be called with almost
"You are chased by @@query_the_name:/obj/monster#123@@ eastward."
is replaced by:
"You are chased by the orc eastward."
Assuming that query_the_name in monster#123 returns "the orc".