I have written my first LUA-Script/Function to shut down the Dedicated Server for Don't Starve Together.
I wanted to shut down the server in 2 minutes and inform everyone on the server that the server is shutting down.
The function os.execute is nil in the dedicated server console, so I can't use os.execute("sleep " .. seconds).

Can I improve something on this script? Is it best practice?

function sleep(seconds)
    local t = os.time()
    local diff = 0
    while diff < seconds do
        diff = os.difftime(os.time(), t)

local steps = {120,60,30,10,5,4,3,2,1}
local n = table.getn(steps)
for i=1,n-1,1 do
  TheNet:SystemMessage("The server shuts down in " .. steps[i] .. " seconds")
  sleep(steps[i] - steps[i+1])
TheNet:SystemMessage("The server shuts down in " .. steps[n] .. " seconds")
TheNet:SystemMessage("The server is shutting down now")

Link to the server command list for Don't Starve.

  • TheNet:SystemMessage prints the message into the chat
  • c_shutdown(true) shutdown the server and persist the world
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    \$\begingroup\$ I think is correct. Some nit suggestions are: 1) in the for loop, by default increase is '+1' so it's not necessary to type it ('for i=1,n-1 do' works too) 2) instead of 'table.getn(steps)' could simply write '#steps' \$\endgroup\$ – Diego Pino Dec 17 '17 at 14:20
  1. table.getn has been deprecated for more than 2 years now.
  2. Why iterate only until n-1?
  3. I'd prefer using the string.format over plain concatenation. This is just a personal preference, as the strings are easier to read that way.
  4. Although you do not need to pass true to the c_shutdown, do mention in a comment what it does. Maintaining comments is a nice way to recognise engine specific hard-bound parameters; without having to refer the docs again.
  5. Iterate over the table using ipairs

Rewritten, the code would be:

local function sleep(seconds)
    local diff, t = 0, os.time()
    while diff < seconds do
        diff = os.difftime(os.time(), t)

local steps = {
  120, 60, 30,
  10, 5, 4, 3,
  2, 1
local notice = "The server shuts down in %d seconds"

for _, secs in ipairs(steps) do
TheNet:SystemMessage("The server is shutting down now")
c_shutdown(true)  -- true parameter implies that the game will be saved
  • \$\begingroup\$ 1. ok 2. only until n-1, because: steps[i+1] 3. cool thing 4. ok 5. this ipairs strategy is not so clear for me. the _ stands for the key and this isn't used. Isn't there anything like foreach? \$\endgroup\$ – Shinigami Dec 21 '17 at 7:50
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Shinigami ipairs is the same as foreach. I am not using _ because we are not interested in the index of each value. If you want, you can replace secs with steps[_]. foreach loops, AFAIK, also iterate over key => value pairs, and both values are returned in the generators. \$\endgroup\$ – hjpotter92 Dec 21 '17 at 9:47

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