Difference between /target and /targetexact - WoWInterface
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06-12-20, 07:14 AM   #1
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Difference between /target and /targetexact

So far look like they perform identical function?
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06-12-20, 10:49 AM   #2
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/target will target the first thing that matches what you put after it, but /targetexact will only target exactly what you put after it.

For example, let's say you are surrounded by 10 neutral npcs named "Billy" and a boss named "Billiam". /target Bill will target any of these 11 npcs with no guarantee who, but /targetexact Bill will do nothing because there is no npc named Bill nearby.

If you are familiar with Lua, here's the two functions that these commands call:

Lua Code:
  1. SecureCmdList["TARGET"] = function(msg)
  2.     local action, target = SecureCmdOptionParse(msg);
  3.     if ( action ) then
  4.         if ( not target or target == "target" ) then
  5.             target = action;
  6.         end
  7.         TargetUnit(target);
  8.     end
  9. end
  11. SecureCmdList["TARGET_EXACT"] = function(msg)
  12.     local action, target = SecureCmdOptionParse(msg);
  13.     if ( action ) then
  14.         if ( not target or target == "target" ) then
  15.             target = action;
  16.         end
  17.         TargetUnit(target, true);
  18.     end
  19. end

And the function they use: https://wow.gamepedia.com/API_TargetUnit
(TargetUnit is defined in the C portion of WoW, not reasonably available to the public)
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