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GetTimerRemaining returns -1

Hi, I cannot for the life of me figure out why this is not working.


     UPROPERTY(BlueprintReadWrite, VisibleAnywhere, Category = "Stacking")
     FTimerHandle LifeHandle; 

I have a timer in my begin play function.

 void UDts_DamageEffect::BeginPlay()
     GetWorld()->GetTimerManager().SetTimer(LifeHandle, this, &UDts_DamageEffect::LifeExpired, fLifeOfEffect, false);

and just for testing I am trying to print the time remaining

 void UDts_DamageEffect::TickComponent(float DeltaTime, ELevelTick TickType, FActorComponentTickFunction* ThisTickFunction)
     Super::TickComponent(DeltaTime, TickType, ThisTickFunction);
     GEngine->AddOnScreenDebugMessage(-1, 0.1f, FColor::Yellow, FString::SanitizeFloat(FTimerManager().GetTimerRemaining(LifeHandle)));

I keep getting a print of -1 which means the timer doesn't exist. Am I misunderstanding the point of that function? In blueprint I can pull off the handle and use the "GetTimerRemainingTimeByHandle" function, and print the return value and get the time remaining on the timer.

Can anyone help point me to why I am not able to print the actual time remaining out of C++?

Thanks Russ

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asked Oct 24 '18 at 02:04 PM in C++ Programming

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You are creating an empty instance of a timer manager and checking for the remaining time (which is not tracking your timer)

Instead, use the same timer manager that you got from the world when you created it

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answered Oct 25 '18 at 11:17 AM

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avatar image Rstenberg Oct 25 '18 at 11:59 AM

Thank you! I missed an easy one there.

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