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How can I detect the presence of varargs in JS function?

Calin Baenen
I'm a programmer born on October 30th, 2006. I love programming, it has, and always will be my passion.
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When I did

function f(...args) {return args;}
f.length // 0
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And logged f.length, it showed 0.
Is there any way I can detect vararg parameters in JS?

Discussion (3)

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abnessor aka findoff • Edited

Rest operator supports 0 or more args. Btw it's don't count as existing argument.
As i know, at this moment no ways to detect it other than toString().

function f(a, ...args) {return args;} // length count only real arguments
f.length // 1
f.toString() // "function f(a, ...args) {return args;}"
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Andy Wright

Would you elaborate on what you are trying to achieve please?

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Calin Baenen Author • Edited

I'm working on HotTea, and I'm creating an overloads function.

One of the things it has to do is check if there are methods with varargs parameters.
I want to check as a last resort, in case there are no overloads with X amount of parameters (where X is the amount of arguments you provide).

Something like this:

const add = overload("myFunction", [
  function add(x, y) {
    return x+y;
  function add(x, y, z) {
    return (x+y)+z;
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What it does internally is looks through this list and checks some criteria.
The criteria is:

  • The length is the same.
  • (If using typedOverload) The types match

If I check the list, I need to include the varargs (I may also need a distinct way of doing this).

Hopefully this helps explain my goals better.
Thanks. Cheers!

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