Adding payload into JSON object?

hi all... im trying to put a number being output from a smooth node into a JSON object.. here is the JSON object

{
"inputName": "Tempo",
"inputSettings": {
"text": "hello test"
}
}

the number being output from the smooth node is a tempo calculation as msg.payload.. i want to put that tempo value in the text field instead of the words "hello test".. i have tried various things such as

"text": "{{msg.payload}}"

but when i do that it doesnt store the payload value just the words {{msg.payload}}.. everything i try seems to just store the text not the payload value... anyone know where im going wrong ?

Does it work if you get rid of the quotes and mustache braces?

Or in a function node jsonObject.inputSettings.text = msg.payload

nothing seems to work when changing mustache or quotes around.. it remains formatted as text and not the payload value..

I tried the function node also and didnt seem to work ?

my flow runs out of the smooth node into a change node to set flow.tempo with the JSON.. the aim is to store the tempo data in flow.tempo.. not sure if the change node might be affecting it ? i wouldn't have thought so...

It's impossible to advise without seeing your flow.

Please also use a debug node set to display the whole msg object to share the data as it enters your flow.

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i'll paste the flow below... you'll see the function node i made which converts milliseconds to tempo value is pretty poor.. im not a coder just somebody who scrapes through..

im looking at the context data tab and refreshing it to see what got stored in tempo.flow, im not using a debug node for that.. hopefully this pastes ok..

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        "type": "tab",
        "label": "Flow 1",
        "disabled": false,
        "info": "",
        "env": []
    },
    {
        "id": "05b9acc0dd978661",
        "type": "inject",
        "z": "e4753500b15548c2",
        "name": "Tap Tempo",
        "props": [
            {
                "p": "payload"
            }
        ],
        "repeat": "",
        "crontab": "",
        "once": false,
        "onceDelay": 0.1,
        "topic": "",
        "payload": "",
        "payloadType": "date",
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        "wires": [
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            ]
        ]
    },
    {
        "id": "36450e7311faa1ce",
        "type": "interval-length",
        "z": "e4753500b15548c2",
        "format": "mills",
        "bytopic": false,
        "minimum": "",
        "maximum": "",
        "window": "",
        "timeout": false,
        "msgTimeout": "2",
        "minimumunit": "msecs",
        "maximumunit": "msecs",
        "windowunit": "msecs",
        "msgTimeoutUnit": "secs",
        "reset": true,
        "startup": false,
        "msgField": "interval",
        "timestampField": "timestamp",
        "repeatTimeout": false,
        "name": "",
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    },
    {
        "id": "1369bdaf58d57c3d",
        "type": "change",
        "z": "e4753500b15548c2",
        "name": "",
        "rules": [
            {
                "t": "set",
                "p": "reset",
                "pt": "msg",
                "to": "true",
                "tot": "bool"
            }
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        "property": "",
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    },
    {
        "id": "faf41facc0237798",
        "type": "function",
        "z": "e4753500b15548c2",
        "name": "Convert to Tempo",
        "func": "\nlet interval = msg.interval\nlet count = 0\nlet tempo = 0\n\n\ncount = 1-(interval / 1000);\ntempo = count*4*60;\n\n\nmsg.payload = tempo;\nreturn msg;",
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        "finalize": "",
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    },
    {
        "id": "b90ea8aa7e498f13",
        "type": "smooth",
        "z": "e4753500b15548c2",
        "name": "",
        "property": "payload",
        "action": "mean",
        "count": "3",
        "round": "0",
        "mult": "single",
        "reduce": false,
        "x": 960,
        "y": 160,
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    },
    {
        "id": "825f905dfd692977",
        "type": "change",
        "z": "e4753500b15548c2",
        "name": "",
        "rules": [
            {
                "t": "set",
                "p": "tempo",
                "pt": "flow",
                "to": "{\"inputName\":\"Text\",\"inputSettings\":{\"text\":\"{{msg.payload}}\"}}",
                "tot": "json"
            }
        ],
        "action": "",
        "property": "",
        "from": "",
        "to": "",
        "reg": false,
        "x": 1160,
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        "wires": [
            []
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    },
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]

Without any test data I can only guess.

In your change node "Set flow.tempo" you are trying to use mustache syntax in a json field.
I believe this is illegal though you enclosed {{msg.payload}} in double quotes which converts it to a legal but unwanted string literal, as you already discovered.

Probably the easiest approach is to use a function node
image

flow.set("flow.tempo", 
{
    "inputName":"Tempo",
    "inputSettings":{"text":msg.payload}}
)

awesome that worked.. only thing is its naming the context as "flow" is there anyway to call it tempo ? based on what you wrote it seems like it would call it tempo but its not ?

also is it possible to make it so inputSettings is the only "object" and the inputName is not embedded as another object also ? basically formatted the same as the change node does ? hope that makes sense..

appreciated for the help..

EDIT: no worries i think i worked it out.. i just changed it to

flow.set("tempo")

that seemed to fix both things i asked about :slight_smile: thanks again for the help..