How do I access the object the script is attached to?

This one has to be simple, but I can't find the words to Google this.

I have a script attached to an object in Unity. From that script, how do I access the object's name or other properties? I've read this page, but it doesn't seem to address my question.

I've tried Gameobject.name and this.name, but I can't make them work.

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asked Jun 21, 2013 at 05:54 AM

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Dubious Drewski
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Use 'gameObject'...'gameObject.name'...'gameObject.tag'. See the reference page for GameObject for all the properties you can access.

Jun 21, 2013 at 05:58 AM robertbu

Hmm. This is my code:

if(gameObject.name="RightFeeler"){ Debug.Log ("Right feeler collided"); }

And this is the error: Cannot implicitly convert type 'string' to 'bool'

I don't know what that means. Any ideas?

Jun 21, 2013 at 06:14 AM Dubious Drewski

Comparison is '==', so it should be:

 if (gameObject.name == "RightFeeler") {
     Debug.Log("Right feeler collided");
Jun 21, 2013 at 06:18 AM robertbu

Incorrect operator in your conditional

== , not = (is equal to, not equals)

 if ( gameObject.name == "RightFeeler" )

what do people have against using spaces, there is no optimization in not using spaces, and makes code so much easier to read

Jun 21, 2013 at 06:20 AM alucardj
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You attatch the script to the object then use the inspector tab in unity. You can also edit the name of the object in inspector.alt text

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answered Jun 21, 2013 at 06:19 AM

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Oh my God, I needed a '==' instead of a single '='. What a rookie mistake. Thank you, everyone. You're always so helpful.

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answered Jun 21, 2013 at 06:27 AM

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according to your code here, you are accessing the name of the gameObject that you attach this script to, not to another gameObject

this wouldn't really work in a collision situation as you want to find out what your current gameObject collided with, it cannot collide with itself.

you may want to look up triggers too http://docs.unity3d.com/Documentation/ScriptReference/Collider.OnTriggerEnter.html

ive found this a good method for finding WHAT you have collided with.

     void OnTriggerEnter(Collider other) {
         if(other.gameObject.name == "RightFeeler")
         Debug.Log("Right Feeler collided");
         Destroy(other.gameObject); //or whatever
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answered Jun 21, 2013 at 06:31 AM

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bubzy: I have a reason for this strange setup.

I am making an insect. I have a body and two child objects acting as a left feeler and a right feeler. The feelers are not physical objects - they simply guide the body away from obstacles when they 'feel' (collide with) something.

So each feeler has a variable for if Collided (true/false), and the body (somehow) pays attention to this and responds to the input.

I don't yet know how to code this, but this is why I'm practicing.

Jun 21, 2013 at 07:07 AM Dubious Drewski
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