188.8.131.52 How does a single while-loop work?
The while-loop works like this:
If the condition between the parentheses evaluates to false, jump to the command after the
statement. If the condition evaluates to true, just continue normally.
#end statement jump to the
#while statement and start again.
When POV-Ray gets to the
#while statement it evaluates the condition between parentheses.
If the statement evaluated to true then it will just continue normally with the next command.
However, if the statement evaluated to false, POV-Ray will skip the entire body of the loop and continue from the
command after the
#end statement POV-Ray will just jump back to the corresponding
and then continue normally (ie. testing the condition and so on).
Note that nowhere there is any mention about any index variable or anything else that could be used to
automatically end the loop or whatever. As said, it is just a "dumb" loop that continues forever if
necessary, only testing the statement between the parentheses (but it is not interested in what it is, only in its
Although one could easily think that this kind of "dumb" loop is bad and it should be more
"intelligent" and better, the fact is that this kind of "dumb" loop is actually a lot more
flexible and versatile. It allows you to make things not possible or very difficult to do with an
"intelligent" for-loop with automatic index variables.