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Rookie question about Title, Text, PID

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#1 ·  Posted (edited)

I need to have four identical scripts running asynchronously. Each will open and run a session of the same application. Alternatively I could run a "for 1 to 4" thing and do them that way, then watch for each to need shutting down. I am running a test pgm and it is fine, using a ProcessWaitClose("name.ext") to verify that the program shuts down before moving on. But I can't use the service name because it will kill all four. All of the activate, kill, waitfor, etc, functions require a title or text to identify which is which, but I can't figure out how to control which session has which title or text, and franly can't figure out what they are anyway. I think when the program launches what is in the title bar is the title, but they will either all be the same or have an abritrary sequence number. So would like to force what goes into the title bar, then I can select it to give it focus ("activate"?) or just kill it. I can get the PID when I launch it, but none of the control functions accept PID. None of this is for human observation (unattended PCs), so could even just write the PID in as the title (text?) and then use that for granting focus and/or shutting down.

OS = WIN7-64.

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This runs separate scripts. What I need to do is launch four instances of the same Windows application (ABBYY; an OCR program). Therefore the name of the executable is the same each time. So I need to identify each session, then be able later on to gain (and keep) focus on any given one so that I can send it the key strokes to shut down gracefully. I think it would also work if I could just kill the running program, but I still need to specify which of the four sessions I am killing.

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#4 ·  Posted (edited)

Global $PID[5]

For $i = 1 to 4
    Run("Notepad.exe")
    Sleep(1000)
    WinSetTitle("Untitled - Notepad", "", "Notepad " & $i) ;New Title of Window
    Sleep(500)
    $PID[$i] = WinGetProcess("Notepad " & $i) ;PID of window stored as $PID[1], $PID[2], $PID[3], $PID[4]
Next

Edited by rogue5099

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#5 ·  Posted (edited)

Not sure about this. It returns the PID, but none of the focus functions seem to use PID; they use Title. How would this do:

Global $TITLE[5]

For $i = 1 to 4

Run("Notepad.exe")

Sleep(1000)

WinSetTitle("Untitled - Notepad", "", "Notepad " & $i) ;New Title of Window

Sleep(500)

Next

;now wait to detect that a given session is ready for key strokes to shut it down. Let's say I know it is number 3

WinActivate("Notepad 3")

;Send keystrokes to shut down

WinWaitClose("Notepad 3")

What confuses me is the examples that use [CLASS:Notepad.exe], when I need to use the specific title of the specific session.

Mike

Edited by OldMike

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Look at the code he wrote, it changes the title of the notepad window each time it runs notepad so you can keep track of it by the unique title.


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#7 ·  Posted (edited)

Title change is not working. I made a test program just for this, with a loop of one to keep it as simple as possible:

#include<file.au3>

#Include<array.au3>

opt("WinTitleMatchMode",-3)

For $i = 1 to 1

Run("C:\Program Files (x86)\ABBYY FineReader 10\FineReader.exe")

Sleep(3000)

WinSetTitle("Untitled document - ABBYY FineReader 10 Professional Edition", "", "ABBYY" & $i) ;New Title of Window

Sleep(5000)

Next

msgbox(0,"","Done")

When I run it, the title at the top and icon in the bottom tray both change to "ABBYY1". But as soon as the program hits the msgbox step, the title goes back to "Untitled document - ABBYY FineReader 10 Professional Edition", top and bottom. It works fine with Notepad, but the title change does not 'stick' with ABBYY.

If I don't have the msgbox at the end, then the title change sticks (and if the loop is more than once, it sticks on the last instance but not any previous), but as soon as I touch the mouse or any key, then the title reverts to the stock title.

Edited by OldMike

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This latest issue is far off track from the original posting, so I will stop checking this thread and start a new one regarding changing the title. Thanks for all the help.

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#9 ·  Posted (edited)

WinTitleMatchMode - Alters the method that is used to match window titles during search operations.

1 = Match the title from the start (default)

2 = Match any substring in the title

3 = Exact title match

4 = Advanced mode, see Window Titles & Text (Advanced)

-1 to -4 = force lower case match according to other type of match.

You are using -3 which is "EXACT title match with forcing lower case but you are using uppercase letter?!?

Try using Any Substring opt("WinTitleMatchMode", 2) with the following:

Opt("WinTitleMatchMode", 2)

For $i = 1 to 4
    Run("C:\Program Files (x86)\ABBYY FineReader 10\FineReader.exe")
    Sleep(3000)
    WinSetTitle("ABBYY", "", "ABBYY " & $i) ;New Title of Window
    Sleep(5000)
Next
MsgBox(0, "", "Done")
Edited by rogue5099

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Doesn't change the title at all, not even temporarily.

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#11 ·  Posted (edited)

Doesn't change the title at all, not even temporarily.

Downloaded Trail of FineReader Installing now will test functions ASAP

BTW Installing this software takes forever.....

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#12 ·  Posted (edited)

So the window title does change temporarly screenshot below. But the problem is that program FineReader changes the title right back?!?

Best bet would be to get PID.

Global $PID[5]

For $i = 1 to 4
    $PID[$i] = Run("C:\Program Files (x86)\ABBYY FineReader 10\FineReader.exe")
Next

; OR

For $i = 1 to 4
    $PID[$i] = RunWait("C:\Program Files (x86)\ABBYY FineReader 10\FineReader.exe")
Next


ProcessClose, ProcessExists, ProcessGetStats, ProcessList
ProcessSetPriority, ProcessWait ; All Uses PID

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I have versions of my program using PID, versions using handle. Getting them is not the problem. The problem is that the functions for forcing focus on an arbitrary session all are based on Title. I tried using handle where Title would go, but it does not work. And yes, once ABBYY is launched it reverts back, undoing the title I set.

On the list of functions that use PID, none of them create focus. I need focus to send the key strokes (!f, x, n) that shut it down.

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Assuming I just can't get Title to work, tried using PID and it does not shut down:

#include<file.au3>

#Include<array.au3>

Global $PID[5]

For $i = 1 to 1

$PID[$i] = RunWait("C:\Program Files (x86)\ABBYY FineReader 10\FineReader.exe")

Next

Sleep(3000)

ProcessClose($PID[1])

Launches, then does not shut down.

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Just to frame this up; I have had several suggestions of how to launch (this and another related posting) the four sessions, all of which work. But I need to be able to shut down an arbitrary session. All the focus and shutdown functions want to use Title, but Title doesn't stick with ABBYY. So I need a way to either get focus or shut down the process using PID or Handle or any other means.

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OldMike,

Stop bumping both your threads on the same subject! :)

I have already answered in the other. ;)

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A while ago they sort of diverged, so started the second. Not my intent to screw up the board.

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