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onInterrupt on nested timelines & tweens

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Hi guys,


First of all, thank you for amazing tool!


My question is about the onInterrupt callback, I put them on multiple nested timelines. Then I ".kill ()" the root timeline and expect that ALL onInterrupt will be called. At the moment, it works only on the root.


Are my expectations wrong?

The idea is that I have some structure of nested objects, and each object returns its own part of the animation, and I want to use onInterrupt to do clean up inside this "node tree". Otherwise ... I have to find all the children and kill them one by one? Or keep references to them while preparing the timeline, which will result in dirty code.


Many thanks!



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Welcome to the forums, @StGewehr! Thanks for being a Club member. 🙌


Yeah, onInterrupt isn't really supposed to be called for all descendants - GSAP is highly optimized for performance and when you kill() an animation it basically unhooks it from its parent timeline very quickly (using linked lists). If every timeline had to iterate through all its children whenever it's killed (which also happens when it's finished, of course, assuming autoRemoveChildren is true), it just seems rather wasteful. 


You can easily accomplish what you're looking for, though, with this helper function: 

function deepKill(tl) {
	tl.add && tl.getChildren(true, true, true).forEach(animation => animation.kill());

Just feed any animation into that to "deep-kill" it. If it's a timeline, it'll iterate through all its children/descendants and kill() each one and that'll trigger the onInterrupt as you were hoping. 


Does that clear things up? 

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Hi @GreenSock ! 


I got it, very clear. And your solution works just fine!


Thank you for support!


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