I added a new feature so that if you hover over the links created by this template, it will give you the episode title, and episode number. I tested this in Firefox and IE. --Dagg 14:22, 12 January 2007 (PST)

really cool, man, really cool. Works for me here. --Marik7772003 14:33, 12 January 2007 (PST)
Unfortunately, I had to remove this due to technical issues: User talk:Admin#Lots of broken pages. I'd love to re-add it sometime if there is a better more efficient way.-- Dagg talk contribs4 8 16:34, 26 January 2007 (PST)

Exodus Part 3

Some countries aired Exodus Part 2 in 2 parts. The second of the 2 was named Exodus Part 3. Would it be possible to add Exodus Part 3 to this list, have it link to Exodus Part 2. Thanks--Mr.Leaf 16:10, 12 January 2007 (PST)

Sure, would you like {{ep|1x25}} to display the same as {{ep|1x24}} ? (BTW, I've seen Exodus Part 3 referenced on this site, and I wondered where it came from, thanks :))--Dagg 16:51, 12 January 2007 (PST)
Ya, that works fine, its just that people are going to write "Exodus: Part 3" and they really mean "Exodus Part 2". So displaying the same as {{ep|2x24}} is fine. Thanks again--Mr.Leaf 17:05, 12 January 2007 (PST)
No problem, this is done.--Dagg 17:10, 12 January 2007 (PST)
Sorry about this, but error on my part. When you put in {{ep|1x25}} it needs to read Exodus: Part 3 and redirect to Exodus: Part 2. Sorry about the confusion. There is a redirect from Exodus: Part 3 to Exodus: Part 2 if you need to use it. So to clear things up:

If I write: {{ep|1x25}} It should read: "Exodus: Part 3" And link to "Exodus: Part 2" As for the text when hovering you mouse over it leave it the way it is.

Sorry about the confusion. If you have any questions feel free to ask. --Mr.Leaf 17:27, 12 January 2007 (PST)

No problem, here ya go: "Exodus, Part 3".--Dagg 20:03, 12 January 2007 (PST)
  • Thanks works great. --Mr.Leaf 09:59, 13 January 2007 (PST)

Ep number show up in template?

  • I was wondering if we could have the episode number show up in the template, so that "Deus Ex Machina", for example, might show up with a small ",1x19" also. I've found that sometimes it's nice to have the reminder of episode chronology when adding crossrefs to articles, for instance. I wanted to get feedback on this, though, because I don't know if it would look too "busy" with that... maybe if it were small, grayed out font? --PandoraX 03:32, 18 February 2007 (PST)
It could work. I made some quick examples:

In front: (3x10) "Tricia Tanaka is Dead"

After: "Tricia Tanaka is Dead" (3x10)

Example, taken from Flashbacks (alternating between front and after):

  • The episode (2x07) "The Other 48 Days" is the only episode thus far to not contain any flashbacks occuring before the crash - it follows the tailies from the crash until they reach Sayid and Shannon.
  • The flashbacks in "Maternity Leave" (2x15) are signaled differently. Instead of a close-up of the character and the "whoosh" sound, Claire's flashbacks begin with sudden flashes of mental images as her memory is jogged. Additionally, her flashbacks are from her time on the Island, specifically during her kidnapping.
  • The "flashbacks" in (2x22) "Three Minutes", while narratively similar, are not true flashbacks. They do not contain the "whoosh" sound, they are labeled with captions (like "Thirteen days earlier"), and they occur on the Island.
  • Desmond's flashbacks in "Flashes Before Your Eyes" (3x08) were the first from a character who was not on board Flight 815. Desmond's reliving of the past in "Flashes Before Your Eyes" included was in the form of a "Déjà vu", which was unlike previous flashbacks, in that he began to have awareness of the fact that he had experienced many of the events previously.

I think that in some articles, it may become too clustered though. Plus, it would be awkward in some places, such as on the episode infobox on episode articles. >: 4 8 15 16 23 42 13:26, 1 March 2007 (PST)

"Live Together, Die Alone Part 2"

Could someone make it so that when you type {{ep|2x24}} you get "Live Together, Die Alone Part 2" rather than just, "Live Together, Die Alone"? This episode is divided into two parts in some countries, and seeing as how we already added "Exodus, Part 3" to the list, I think it's only fair that we do the same for this episode. –Nahald 11:31, 8 March 2007 (PST)

Also, in some countries "Through the Looking Glass, Part 1" is expected to be split into 2 parts. --Blueeagleislander 00:12, 19 May 2007 (PDT)

Alternative way to implement

I think it is time to rethink how this Template is implemented. The template is very large, and gives problems when it is called many times, such as on the Crimes page (scroll to the bottom, and notice that some of the crossref's are not working). This problem is likely to do with template limits. The rules for template limits have changed several times since Template:Ep was first created. Here is an alternative template implementation that may fix this issue:

<includeonly>"{{#if:{{{bold|}}}|'''}}[[{{Ep/{{{1|}}}}}]]{{#if:{{{bold|}}}|'''|{{{2|}}}}}"</includeonly><noinclude>{{protected}}<br />{{Ep/doc}}</noinclude>

The current switch statement would be changed to the bolded part above.

Unfortunately, this would require the creation of dozens of new Ep/* templates. For example:

  1. Template:Ep/1x01 would contain Pilot, Part 1.
  2. Template:Ep/1x02 would contain Pilot, Part 2.
  3. Template:Ep/1x03 would contain Tabula Rasa.

etc. I haven't tested this implementation, but I think it will fix the current problem. It should also scale better as more episodes are added for Season #4, etc.

Any thoughts?-- Dagg talk contribs4 8 11:13, 29 April 2007 (PDT)

I think it is a worth a try at least. It looks to me like it would work. I can't (maybe other people can) tell just by looking at it whether or not it would fix the problems it causes (such as on the crimes page or when editing it slowing the whole wiki down) so we should at least give it a go. There's no harm in trying. We should IMO create a small one with say like 3 eps in someones subpages to test if it would work. -Mr.Leaf 11:29, 29 April 2007 (PDT)

Templates for 4x10-Enhanced and 4x11-Enhanced

ABC Medianet just released the press release for enhanced airings of "Something Nice Back Home" and "Cabin Fever". I want to add the release to the ABC Medianet page, but the templates for the enhanced versions of those two episodes don't seem to exist yet. Could somebody who knows how please add them? Thanks. :) Jimbo the tubby 14:27, 5 May 2008 (PDT)


They've already revealed that the episode after 316 is named this. So shouldn't it be put up there? jam_8882491 23:31, 14 Februrary 2009 (PST)

It's policy not to reveal the names of episodes other than the one that is immediately upcoming. So yeah, even though they've named up to episode 5x14, we can't name then on the wiki until a week before they air. -- Sam McPherson  T  C  E  04:41, 15 February 2009 (UTC)

Template broken, adds a | character

Currently, this template adds a | character to the end of all links it produces, like this: "316". This can be fixed by removing the red | in:

<span title="{{ep/{{{1|}}}}} (episode: {{{1|}}})">{{ep/{{{1|}}}}}|</span>

--Catrope 20:44, 26 February 2009 (UTC)

Two-parter titles

Reflecting the recent decision to regard each two-parter as two separate episodes, some of the episode templates need to be changed. Ideally, the last two episodes will each link to the same page, but have different part numbers - for example, {{ep|4x13}} would give "There's No Place Like Home, Part 2" and {{ep|4x14}} would give "There's No Place Like Home, Part 3". --Pyramidhead 11:54, 27 March 2009 (UTC)

Season 5 clip show 2

I have created an article for the next clip show, which airs after episode 13. Could someone please add it here? It should be 5xrc2 for Lost: The Story of the Oceanic 6, then I can add it to the airdates page and the clip show nav. :)--Baker1000 12:30, 5 April 2009 (UTC)

Done --Blueeagleislander 12:42, 5 April 2009 (UTC)
Thank you!--Baker1000 13:04, 5 April 2009 (UTC)

And if someone could please add Lost: A Journey In Time as 5xrc3 that would be great. :)--Baker1000 12:21, 25 April 2009 (UTC)


On the podcast preceeding "316". Darlton said that "316" was written as production Number 507 and that "The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham" was prod # 506 and that they felt we should see 507 first. Are we going to update the templates accordingly. (Note: this also happened with "Solitary" and "Raised by Another" --cgmv123TalkContribsE-mail 16:26, 26 May 2009 (UTC)

No, the numbering we use is based on how the episodes air. It may have changed around in the production process, but it's the final result that counts. -- Graft   talk   contributions  21:30, 26 May 2009 (UTC)

Option for no link

In the transcripts for podcasts, etc... that reference episode titles, the instructions are not to link anything, forcing you to type it out manually. Could we modify it so {{ep|5x16|link=0}} give you "The Incident Parts 1&2" with no link. cgmv123TalkContribsE-mail 23:05, 13 June 2009 (UTC)

6x01 and 6x02

Now that we have started to create pages for Season 6 episodes, I was wondering how we're going to address the fact that this first episode is a double. Unlike "Because You Left" and "The Lie" which aired on the same night, it's actually one long episode like a finale. So should we label episode 6x02 as LA X, Parts 1 & 2 as per every other season finale. Since one hour officially equals one episode as of "The Variable." I think it would just be confusing if we start calling the episode which airs the week after the premiere, episode 2 when officially it is episode 3. So what's the plan?--Baker1000 20:57, January 11, 2010 (UTC)

Very good question. I can see both sides, but I'm leaning toward using both 6x01 and 6x02 for the premiere episode. I think it comes down to ease of use for Lostpedia editors; it's not that we're deciding what the definition of an episode is, it's that the numbering code should make sense to editors. On the one hand, the premiere will be essentially a single episode housed at the same article, so it's pretty natural to mentally group that as a single block and think of the next installment as "episode 2". But there are good reasons for using the "one hour equals one numbering increment" method: 1) Even though 1x01 and 1x02 aren't exactly analogous to the Season 6 premiere (since they are broken up and originally aired on different nights), one can easily adapt that numbering code usage for Season 6. 2) The writers and production crew use 6x01 and 6x02 for the premiere episode, and ABC will be using the same for promotional materials (at least according to DarkUFO, who I asked in an email). 3) This method would also align with the fact we currently have for example, {{ep|2x24}} and {{ep|3x23}} call up "Live Together, Die Alone, Part 2" and "Through the Looking Glass, Part 2", respectively. -- Graft   talk   contributions  20:45, January 12, 2010 (UTC)
Obviously we would have to either change the season nav at the top of the episode articles to have the next episode down as #03, and add 02 to the first line. But I suppose we don't have to, we could always change it to "Part 1" and "Part 2" but still have them link to the single article. The point about the production team using 6x01 and 6x02 for this episode is a good one. As far as I know, the official production code numbering gives one number to every produced hour, so they will use 601 and 602.--Baker1000 20:58, January 12, 2010 (UTC)
I'm going to reserve judgment on this until I see the official press release for 601 and TV guide data. I'm leaning towards treating this as a single episode (just 6x01) since that's how we've done similar season finales. Whatever happens, I think it makes sense to leave a single article for parts 1 and 2. My final opinion will be based on whether there are credits at the top of each hour during the premiere night.    Jabberwock    talk    contribs    email   - 00:06, January 14, 2010 (UTC)
I don't think there will be credits at the top of each hour. However if they air it as two separate hours in the UK (like they did with the S5 finale, they aired the DVD cut, not the original seen on ABC) then it will have two lots of credits. It's quite annoying really, because for the Region 2 DVD release they will likely split the episodes into two parts. But it seems they don't always do that for double episodes on the Region 1 DVD. At the end of the day it's down to you, there will still be 16 episode articles for Season 6, but everyone refers to it as having 18 episodes so our numbering will only go up to 6x17.--Baker1000 00:16, January 14, 2010 (UTC)
Pictogram reply I tentatively redirected 6x02 and 602 to LA X, Parts 1 & 2. We should make Template:Ep/6x02 say LA X Parts 1&2 for now. If the next episode is 602 we can change it. cgmv123TalkContribsE-mail 23:52, January 14, 2010 (UTC)

Additional switch to overwrite the text?


Unfortunately I'm not good at advanced editing of templates. But I think it would be a nice addition to this template, if we could refer to it with an additional switch in which we would put what text to print instead of the standard episode-title-in-quote-marks string. For example, one could write {{ep|6x18|the last episode}}, and it wouldn't say

"The End"


the last episode

This is useful when we want to link to an episode article, but not by writing out its name. Why not just link to it normally? Because this template has an additional cool feature: on hover it displays the episode title, with the episode number in parantheses. (Try it: "The End".) That's a useful feature.

Any thoughts? Could anybody implement this?

--Mondotta 21:45, May 26, 2010 (UTC)

Changes needed to sub-templates


I would like an administrator to perform the following changes in this template's sub-templates in order for them to be more consistent, complete, and fool-proof.

Sub-templates to be deleted
Template:Ep/6xrc3Currently says "TBA." There was no third clip show for season 6.
Template:Ep/LighthouseUnnecessary. No pages link to it.
Template:Ep/mCurrently says "Lost: Missing Pieces." Unnecessary. No pages link to it.
Template:Ep/mx/03Unnecessary. No pages link to it. Template:Ep/mx03 exists.
Template:Ep/vdCurrently says "Lost: Via Domus." Unnecessary. No pages link to it.
Sub-templates to be changed

The following protected sub-templates should be changed, in order to avoid unnecessary redirection.

TemplateChange page content toNotes
Template:Ep/2x23{{#if:{{{1|}}}|Live Together, Die Alone|Live Together, Die Alone, Part 1}}<noinclude>{{protected}}</noinclude>Actual page is at "Live Together, Die Alone"
Template:Ep/2x24{{#if:{{{1|}}}|Live Together, Die Alone|Live Together, Die Alone, Part 2}}<noinclude>{{protected}}</noinclude>
Template:Ep/3x22{{#if:{{{1|}}}|Through the Looking Glass|Through the Looking Glass, Part 1}}<noinclude>{{protected}}</noinclude>Actual page is at "Through the Looking Glass"
Template:Ep/3x23{{#if:{{{1|}}}|Through the Looking Glass|Through the Looking Glass, Part 2}}<noinclude>{{protected}}</noinclude>
Template:Ep/4x13{{#if:{{{1|}}}|There's No Place Like Home, Parts 2 & 3|There's No Place Like Home, Part 2}}<noinclude>{{protected}}</noinclude>Actual page is at "There's No Place Like Home, Parts 2 & 3"
Template:Ep/4x14{{#if:{{{1|}}}|There's No Place Like Home, Parts 2 & 3|There's No Place Like Home, Part 3}}<noinclude>{{protected}}</noinclude>
Template:Ep/5x16{{#if:{{{1|}}}|The Incident, Parts 1 & 2|The Incident, Part 1}}<noinclude>{{protected}}</noinclude>Actual page is at "The Incident, Parts 1 & 2"
Template:Ep/5x17{{#if:{{{1|}}}|The Incident, Parts 1 & 2|The Incident, Part 2}}<noinclude>{{protected}}</noinclude>

The following should be changed to point to their corresponding section on the Enhanced episodes page.

TemplateChange page content toNotes
Template:Ep/3x22e{{#if:{{{1|}}}|Enhanced episodes#Through the Looking Glass-Enhanced|Through the Looking Glass-Enhanced}}<noinclude>{{protected}}</noinclude>
Template:Ep/3x23e{{#if:{{{1|}}}|Enhanced episodes#Through the Looking Glass-Enhanced|Through the Looking Glass-Enhanced}}<noinclude>{{protected}}</noinclude>
Template:Ep/4x01e{{#if:{{{1|}}}|Enhanced episodes#The Beginning of the End-Enhanced|The Beginning of the End-Enhanced}}<noinclude>{{protected}}</noinclude>
Template:Ep/4x01e{{#if:{{{1|}}}|Enhanced episodes#The Beginning of the End-Enhanced|The Beginning of the End-Enhanced}}<noinclude>{{protected}}</noinclude>
Template:Ep/4x02e{{#if:{{{1|}}}|Enhanced episodes#Confirmed Dead-Enhanced|Confirmed Dead-Enhanced}}<noinclude>{{protected}}</noinclude>
Template:Ep/4x03e{{#if:{{{1|}}}|Enhanced episodes#The Economist-Enhanced|The Economist-Enhanced}}<noinclude>{{protected}}</noinclude>
Template:Ep/4x04e{{#if:{{{1|}}}|Enhanced episodes#Eggtown-Enhanced|Eggtown-Enhanced}}<noinclude>{{protected}}</noinclude>
Template:Ep/4x05e{{#if:{{{1|}}}|Enhanced episodes#The Constant-Enhanced|The Constant-Enhanced}}<noinclude>{{protected}}</noinclude>
Template:Ep/4x06e{{#if:{{{1|}}}|Enhanced episodes#The Other Woman-Enhanced|The Other Woman-Enhanced}}<noinclude>{{protected}}</noinclude>
Template:Ep/4x07e{{#if:{{{1|}}}|Enhanced episodes#Ji Yeon-Enhanced|Ji Yeon-Enhanced}}<noinclude>{{protected}}</noinclude>
Template:Ep/4x08e{{#if:{{{1|}}}|Enhanced episodes#Meet Kevin Johnson-Enhanced|Meet Kevin Johnson-Enhanced}}<noinclude>{{protected}}</noinclude>
Template:Ep/4x10e{{#if:{{{1|}}}|Enhanced episodes#Something Nice Back Home-Enhanced|Something Nice Back Home-Enhanced}}<noinclude>{{protected}}</noinclude>
Template:Ep/4x11e{{#if:{{{1|}}}|Enhanced episodes#Cabin Fever-Enhanced|Cabin Fever-Enhanced}}<noinclude>{{protected}}</noinclude>
Template:Ep/4x12e{{#if:{{{1|}}}|Enhanced episodes#There's No Place Like Home, Part 1-Enhanced|There's No Place Like Home, Part 1-Enhanced}}<noinclude>{{protected}}</noinclude>
Template:Ep/4x13e{{#if:{{{1|}}}|Enhanced episodes#There's No Place Like Home, Parts 2 & 3-Enhanced|There's No Place Like Home, Parts 2 & 3-Enhanced}}<noinclude>{{protected}}</noinclude>
Template:Ep/5x02e{{#if:{{{1|}}}|Enhanced episodes#The Lie-Enhanced|The Lie-Enhanced}}<noinclude>{{protected}}</noinclude>
Template:Ep/5x03e{{#if:{{{1|}}}|Enhanced episodes#Jughead-Enhanced|Jughead-Enhanced}}<noinclude>{{protected}}</noinclude>
Template:Ep/5x04e{{#if:{{{1|}}}|Enhanced episodes#The Little Prince-Enhanced|The Little Prince-Enhanced}}<noinclude>{{protected}}</noinclude>
Template:Ep/5x05e{{#if:{{{1|}}}|Enhanced episodes#This Place is Death-Enhanced|This Place is Death-Enhanced}}<noinclude>{{protected}}</noinclude>
Template:Ep/5x06e{{#if:{{{1|}}}|Enhanced episodes#316-Enhanced|316-Enhanced}}<noinclude>{{protected}}</noinclude>
Template:Ep/5x07e{{#if:{{{1|}}}|Enhanced episodes#The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham-Enhanced|The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham-Enhanced}}<noinclude>{{protected}}</noinclude>
Template:Ep/5x08e{{#if:{{{1|}}}|Enhanced episodes#LaFleur-Enhanced|LaFleur-Enhanced}}<noinclude>{{protected}}</noinclude>
Template:Ep/5x16e{{#if:{{{1|}}}|Enhanced episodes#The Incident, Parts 1 & 2-Enhanced|The Incident, Parts 1 & 2-Enhanced}}<noinclude>{{protected}}</noinclude>
Template:Ep/6x02e{{#if:{{{1|}}}|Enhanced episodes#LA X, Part 2-Enhanced|LA X, Part 2-Enhanced}}<noinclude>{{protected}}</noinclude>
Template:Ep/6x04e{{#if:{{{1|}}}|Enhanced episodes#The Substitute-Enhanced|The Substitute-Enhanced}}<noinclude>{{protected}}</noinclude>
Template:Ep/6x05e{{#if:{{{1|}}}|Enhanced episodes#Lighthouse-Enhanced|Lighthouse-Enhanced}}<noinclude>{{protected}}</noinclude>
Sub-templates to be protected

I created the following sub-templates, which should be protected from editing:

Thank you. --Mondotta 23:39, July 16, 2011 (UTC)

No to changing the split finale templates because we do use those. They were created at the start of Season 6 when we split them all up on the nav boxes in order to be consistent with the S6 premiere being split, which was to avoid throwing the numbers out. We also use them on articles I believe, to denote which half of a finale the events took place in. The rest looks fine, but someone like Jabrwocky7 will have to do it, as he is the go to guy for this stuff.--Baker1000 00:17, July 17, 2011 (UTC)
Thanks for your reply. With my proposed modifications, the split finale templates would still be there, and the links and tooltips would still appear as they do now; however, their link would physically point to the correct page, as opposed to a redirect page (similarly to how {{ep|1x25}} currently reads as "Exodus, Part 3", but actually points to Exodus, Part 2). For example, {{ep|3x22}} currently shows up as "Through the Looking Glass, Part 1", and takes the user to that page (Through the Looking Glass, Part 1), just to be redirected to the correct page, "Through the Looking Glass". With my change, the link would still look like how it does now, but it would immediately take the user to "Through the Looking Glass", without the unnecessary redirect. (In addition, these changes to the split finale templates would also allow us to use the ep template for the split finales in the season nav boxes -- currently, they have hard-coded links to split finale articles, so that the episode titles show up bold and unlinked on the appropriate article. (See the source of Template:Season6nav/col1 for an example.) With these changes, the ep template would handle this problem automatically, while still yielding the tooltips on other pages.) --Mondotta 12:11, July 17, 2011 (UTC)
Well in that case, it should be fine, You should still contact Jabrwocky7 because you'll be waiting a while otherwise. His talk page is set up to notify him with an email I think so he'll drop in and take a look then.--Baker1000 16:44, July 17, 2011 (UTC)

New version, with fixes and custom text functionality


After writing a feature wish in the section "#Additional switch to overwrite the text?", I succesfully created a new version of this template, which is currently available at Template:EpNEW. This new version includes the following improvements:

  • Main improvement: A new text parameter allows you to change the displayed text to anything, while retaining the awesome tooltip functionality of the template. For example: "Lindelof and Cuse wrote the series finale." Notice, that hovering over the link still gives you the season and episode number.
  • Revamped template documentation: I totally revamped the template's documentation, so that it features the template's full functionality, and all episode number possibilities in a more well-structured format.
  • Fixed bold + punctuation mark: Currently, when the bold parameter is enabled, the additional parameter that allows you to use a punctuation mark does not work. (Even though the template documentation says that it does.) I have reinstated this functionality in the new version.
  • Fixed no output on non-existant episode: Currently the template documentation says that when the specified episode does not exist, the template's output is empty -- this, however, is not true, as it currently prints two quote marks (""). I have fixed this so it really doesn't print anything.

I hope that the template will be updated with my version. Please note that when updating the template (and its /doc sub-template), you should ensure to change all instances of "EpNEW" to "Ep".

Thanks, --Mondotta 23:41, July 16, 2011 (UTC)

Notify a SysOps and they will review it and make a decision. Otherwise you'll be waiting a long time as they don't always check by here. Jabberwock is usually the one who deals with this template in particular.--Baker1000 00:23, July 17, 2011 (UTC)
Those are all good changes. I'd like to suggest another small one. Right now, we've configured {{ep|1x01|.}} to display as "Pilot, Part 1." while {{ep|1x01}}. displays as "Pilot, Part 1". This allows for those cases where we want to place the period (or comma or whatever) within the quote. Only thing is, our style guide recognizes no such cases at all. This discrepancy confused me for a while - I assumed that we should surely sometimes place punctuation within the quotes, such as when the title ends a sentence, if we created a specific template to let us do so. Let's edit the template to parse {{ep|1x01|.}} and {{ep|1x01}}. the same way. --- Balk Of Fametalk 15:38, July 18, 2011 (UTC)
Hi, thanks for your comments. I've modified Template:EpNEW so that any optional characters specified in the 2nd parameter are printed outside of the quotation marks. I've also notified Jabberwock about my version, so I suppose the template will be updated soon. --Mondotta 16:46, July 18, 2011 (UTC)


Isn't there a template for "The New Man in Charge"? -- Graft   talk   contributions  04:43, July 13, 2014 (UTC)

The code for the epilogue is "EP". For example "The New Man in Charge". :)--Baker1000 (talk) 12:37, July 13, 2014 (UTC)
Ah thanks! I didn't try it with caps. Perhaps it could be added to the page here at the bottom of the list. -- Graft   talk   contributions  16:48, July 13, 2014 (UTC)
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