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Evaluate-Once Mode



[1]A box on "evaluate-once" mode is locked at each user-evaluation[2] after the first internal evaluation. It remains locked for all subsequent internal-evaluations[1]. When the next user-evaluation takes place, the box is evaluated again.

A box on "eval-once" mode is evaluated once, and only once. This is valid :

  • if this box has multiple outputs,

  • if this box is connected to several upstream boxes,

  • for all upstream connected boxes.

Multiple Internal Evaluations

A box connected to several downstream boxes can be evaluated several times at a single evaluation : in this case, reproducing the evaluation of a box can be either useless and lengthy. It can also be or a source of miscalculation, when a box is likely to return different results , while it must return the same values to all connected boxes.

A box set on "evaluate-once" mode returns the same values to all the boxes it is connected to at a single evaluation.


To set a box on "once" mode, press b and click on the upper left cross once. A small icon appears.


In the example below, the output of om-random is connected to the two inputs of list. In both cases, om-random returns a different value every time is is called. But :

  • when the evaluation mode is not specified, one user evaluation of list triggers two internal evaluations of om-random, that is, one per input of the list function ;

  • on "once" mode, one user evaluation triggers a single internal evaluation, and both inputs of list get the same value.

  1. Internal Evaluation

    Evaluation of a box by OM, triggered by a user evaluation, or by the internal evaluation of an upstream box connected to it.

  2. User Evaluation

    A user evaluation triggers one or more internal evaluation of the box and of possible upstream boxes connected to it.

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