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Greetings fellow Autoit-ers!

I have been working on some coding and I had some questions. I’m still new to Auto-it and so I’m working to get my footing here.

What I’m trying to do:

There is a .txt file called “report.txt” that is generated each day and it sets at C:\Reports. I use my thumb drive at work because I’m mobile most of the time. I need to click on my Autoit program and have it copy “report.txt” from C:\Reports to where ever my drive is plugged in (E:\Reports, F:\ Reports, G:\ Reports, H:\ Reports, etc). The Autoit program will be setting on the thumb in the “Reports” folder. I understand how to use:

FileMove("C:\Reports\report.txt", "E:\Reports\report.txt", 0)

But how do I account for the changing of the destination location? Also, is there a FileCopy() option that will work? I don't want to "move" it just make a copy.

The drive letter may change depending on which computer at work I pull this report from. The “C:\Reports” location never changes, but I am pulling this report from different computers at different times of the day.

Then it gets even more tricky! I need to time/date stamp or even place in a line within the document as I move it. This way I know that this document has been moved by me (and not just an old one I had setting there from before). The fourth (4th) line within the report.txt document has miscellaneous information I want to delete and then rewrite something like:

“This document has been moved by me on:” " & @MON & @MDAY & @YEAR & @HOUR & @MIN & @MIN & @MSEC”

Or even if date/time cannot be inserted how could I simply delete the line of text and have my own text auto-inserted?

Any assistance on this would be greatly appreciated!

Your geek,


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On your flashdrive make an empty file called report.check.

$CheckFile = "\Report.check"

$Drive = DriveGetDrive("ALL")

For $D = 1 To $Drive[0]
    $ReportFolder = $Drive[$D] & "\Reports\"
    $ReportFile = $ReportFolder & "Report.txt"
    If FileExists($Drive[$D] & $CheckFile) Then 
        If Not FileExists($ReportFolder) Then DirCreate($ReportFolder)
        FileCopy("C:\Reports\Report.txt", $ReportFile, 1)

That should work, although it's untested and I'm tired. :idea:

Edit: Also look at _FileReadToArray() and _FileWriteFromArray(). Instead of copying, read it to an array, change what you need, and write it to the new path.

If the line you want to change isn't always fixed (example: line 4) then look at StringInStr() or StringRegExp(). Otherwise, you can make changes to the array returned by _FileReadToArray().

Edited by darkjohn20

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#include <file.au3>

AutoItSetOption("MustDeclareVars", 1)

Dim $SourceFileName = "c:\Reports\report.txt"
Dim $DestinFileName
Dim $Drives
Dim $i

; ---------------------------------------------------------
; search destination directory. this is done by looking for
;     a "\reports\" directiory on every drive letter. the
;     first one found will be taken
; ---------------------------------------------------------
$Drives = DriveGetDrive( "all" )
If NOT @error Then
    ;MsgBox(4096,"", "Found " & $var[0] & " drives")
    For $i = 1 to $Drives[0]
        ;MsgBox(4096,"Drive " & $i, $Drives[$i])
        If $Drives[$i] <> "c:" Then
            If FileExists( $Drives[$i] & "\Reports\" ) Then
                $DestinFileName = $Drives[$i] & "\Reports\Report.txt"

If $DestinFileName = "" Then
    MsgBox(4096,"Destination", "destination directory not found")
    MsgBox(4096,"Destination", "Destination = " & $DestinFileName)

; ---------------------------------
; copy file (with changing line #4)
; ---------------------------------

;  first open the source file ...
; -------------------------------
Dim $aRecords
If Not _FileReadToArray($SourceFileName, $aRecords) Then
   MsgBox(4096,"Error", " Error reading file to Array     error:" & @error)
If $aRecords[0] < 4 Then
    Msgbox(0, "ERROR", "to less records in sourcefile: " & $aRecords[0])

; ... then change line #4 ...
; ---------------------------
$aRecords[4] = "This document has been moved by me on: " & @MON & @MDAY & @YEAR & @HOUR & @MIN & @MIN & @MSEC

; ... finally write file to destinaton
; -------------------------------------
_FileWriteFromArray($DestinFileName, $aRecords, 1)

; E N D ; =========================


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Assuming your script is going to be on the flash drive, it's pretty simple to get the drive designation.

$sDrive = StringLeft(@ScriptFullPath, 3)

To get the destination path without going through the above step, use the same principal

$sDestFldr = StringLeft(@ScriptFullPath, 3) & "Reports\"

Then you can use something like this for changing the file line

$sFile = "C:\Reports\report.txt"
$sLine = FileReadLine($sFile, 4)
$sStr = FileRead($sFile)
$sStr = StringReplace($sStr, $sLine, "This document has been moved by me on: " & @MON & @MDAY & @YEAR & @HOUR & @MIN & @MIN & @MSEC)
$hFile = FileOpen($sFile, 2)
If $hFile<> -1 Then
    FileWrite($hFile, $sStr)


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Thank you all very much for your help on that coding! I was able to get the coding figured out on this! I'm very grateful for all of your help! It works wonderfully and does just what I need for it to.


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