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why TimerInit/TimerDiff are ignored?

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#1 ·  Posted (edited)

I'm trying to use TimerInit/TimerDiff inside a function once the function is called but i can't understand why they are completly ignored....

Curiously, my script is continuing to execute without any errors...

I would appreciate if anyone can tell me what's wrong or what i'm doing wrong...Why TimerInit/TimerDiff are ignored??

Thx!

Func WaitDelay()
      If ValuesScreen() = 1 Then
         $begin__ = TimerInit()
         while ScreenCheck("MainValuesScreen") = 0
            Sleep(1000)
         wend
      EndIf
        
        $Loop = $Loop + $ATTEMPTS
        $JOINATTEMPTS = 0
         If $Loop >= $BeforeSwitch AND $Count > 0 Then
            Sleep(1000+($Delay*1000))
            If (TimerDiff($begin__) * 1000 ) < $Duration Then
                Sleep ( $Duration - (TimerDiff($begin__) * 1000 ))
            Endif
         Else
            Sleep(5000+($Delay*1000))
            If (TimerDiff($begin__) * 1000 ) < $Duration Then
                Sleep ( Duration - (TimerDiff($begin__) * 1000 ))
            Endif
         EndIf
EndFunc
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#2 ·  Posted (edited)

Try to post shorter version of script that can replicate problem.

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cesars77,

It is difficult to tell from that incomplete, syntactically flawed snippet - but I would hazard a guess at one of the following:

- 1. You are having problems because you only ever set the $begin__ variable if you enter the first loop. If you do not enter the loop, the variable is not set and so TimerDiff has nothing to work on. :unsure:

- 2. You are multiplying the TimerDiff return by 1000 - I would have expected a division by 1000 to get seconds. As it stands you are very likely to be setting Sleep to a negative value (as the TimerDiff return will already be in the thousands) - which means the Sleep function does not "sleep" at all. ;)

Sleep(1000)

ConsoleWrite("fred" & @CRLF)

Sleep(-5000)

ConsoleWrite("another instantaneous fred" & @CRLF)

As a general rule, if you want help it is best to provide a working script that illustrates the problem rather than a few lines which make little sense to to someone unfamiliar with the overall script. :>

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#4 ·  Posted (edited)

Well, i suspected that my "syntactically flawed snippet" explanations wouldn't be enough "explicit" but i can really disclose more because it will be a private script who will be used by a little engineering office...I'm not supposed to even disclose a part of the script but i've to admit that i'm lost here..

I can disclosed the whole func but not the whole script... :unsure:

Btw, i changed the multiplication by a division but the "if TimerDiff" is still being ignored...

Func Start()
While 1
   For $Count = 1 To 3
      $Loop = $Loop + 1
      If ValuesScreen() = 1 Then
         $begin__ = TimerInit()
         while ScreenCheck("MainValuesScreen") = 0
            Sleep(1000)
          wend
        

        $Loop = $Loop + $ATTEMPTS
        $ATTEMPTS = 0
         If $Loop >= $BeforeSwitch AND $Count > 0 Then
            Sleep(1000+($Delay*1000))
            if (TimerDiff($begin__) / 1000 ) < $Duration Then
                Sleep ( $Duration - (TimerDiff($begin__) / 1000 ))
            endif
         Else
            Sleep(5000+($Delay*1000))
            if (TimerDiff($begin__) / 1000 ) < $Duration Then
                Sleep ( $Duration - (TimerDiff($begin__) / 1000 ))
;~          endif
         EndIf
      Else
         $Loop = 0
         opt("SendKeyDelay", 5)
         KillWin()
         if $Count > 0 Then
            SetNext()
         endif
      EndIf
   Next
WEnd
EndFunc
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#5 ·  Posted (edited)

@#1: + http://www.autoitscript.com/wiki/FAQ#How_can_I_debug_my_script.3F

@#3: (Hue: If Loop ?)

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I can disclosed the whole func but not the whole script... :unsure:

Nobody asked for your whole script. "a working script that illustrates the problem" was the suggestion.

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#7 ·  Posted (edited)

@#-1Redirect me to the FAQ is useless when i don't even know what's wrong...

@#2 Yeah If $Loop>=....is there a problem in my syntax? i can't see...

to be more clear, here is the ignored lines...

if (TimerDiff($begin__) / 1000 ) < $Duration Then
 Sleep ( $Duration - (TimerDiff($begin__) / 1000 ))
endif

And i can't really replicate the problem in a shorter script..

Edited by cesars77

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#8 ·  Posted (edited)

@#-1Redirect me to the FAQ is useless when i don't even know what's wrong...

If you don't even take a look at it the part I linked up, your right, its useless.

If you ever decide you like to learn how to be able to do basic code debugging yourself. Revisit that part.

@#2 Yeah If $Loop>=....is there a problem in my syntax? i can't see...

Translation for "@#3" is "At Message number 3"

The related problem (as noted by Melba) is that you dropped a generally vital variable declaration+data assignment behind a Conditional statement.

And i can really replicate the problem in a shorter script..

Good. So why not post that to?

--- --- ---

After taking a quick look at your code in #4.

Do yourself a favor, and give Scite4AutoIt3 at try.

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#9 ·  Posted (edited)

Good. So why not post that to?

--- --- ---

After taking a quick look at your code in #4.

Do yourself a favor, and give Scite4AutoIt3 at try.

Sorry, i meant "i CAN'T" really replicate the problem in a shorter script..

And btw, i'm using Scite4AutoIt3...Do you think i build a script with Notepad??? And when i do a SyntaxCheck no error or even a warning comes out...

i'm not a programmer, so i do not understand all the complexities of a .au3 script, and i don't really need too....I'd appreciate if you could tell me exactly what to do...

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Since the script ran and simply ignored the TimerInit/TimerDiff, I strongly doubt it's a syntax error. Remember, just because the code doesn't look like your code, doesn't mean it's a syntax error. A simple mistake in variables or loops is most likely the issue, so let's put the syntax bashing aside. :unsure:

Cesar, even if you cannot post the code, I think simple remarks to the scripts telling us what your custom functions do, and what you expect certain parts of the script to do would help. Another handy trick is to place MsgBox's throughout the function, to see if the script is reaching certain parts of the script that you want it to. This way you can find out exactly where in the script you may be having an issue. There may be an easier way to do this, but MsgBox's have never failed me when attempting to find a bad section of code.

So your first steps since you cannot post the entire code should be, 1) Remark the hell out of what you can show us, 2) Use MsgBox's to find what section of code isn't working as you would like. Add variable values to the MsgBox's and etc, to see if those variables are matching what they should be at that point of the code, then move on till you find what isn't working right.

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<snip*x>

I'd appreciate if you could tell me exactly what to do...

  • Provide the relative code that's responsible for the state and behavior of the variable's $BeforeSwitch and $Count.
    If $Loop >= $BeforeSwitch And $Count > 0 Then
    (and ... any other code that might effect those parts, etc, etc)
  • Or learn how to print those variables state/behavior while test running your script so you can (try to) see whats going on in your code, and possible fix it yourself. (or to provide that information in your help request.) Ergo:

    Another handy trick is to place MsgBox's throughout the function, to see if the script is reaching certain parts of the script that you want it to. This way you can find out exactly where in the script you may be having an issue.

GL.

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Thx guys for all your tips. By using MsgBox, i've finally found what's going wrong...I discovered that the algorythm of the sleep delay isn't properly formulated...

Sleep ( $Duration - (TimerDiff($begin__) / 1000 ))

I had to remember that the "$Duration" value who is retriened from an .ini file and is IN SECOND!!!!! :unsure:

And forgot that Sleep function is in MILLISECOND.(2X :> )

Well, even if I'm not dumb in mathematic, I can not find the right algorithm...

I finally tought at...(convert $Duration in ms)

Sleep ( ($Duration * 1000 ) - TimerDiff($begin__))

I tested that new algorythm but the Sleep delay is still not properly executed...

Tell me if i'm wrong, but logically, that algorythm should return a Sleep delay in ms???

anyone can tell me what's wrong now??

Thx!

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cesars77,

Looks like one of my suggestions was valid. :>

Perhaps you could try the other and use MsgBox or ConsoleWrite to see what value you get from ($Duration * 1000 ) - TimerDiff($begin__) - if it is negative you get no sleep as the script I posted earlier showed. :unsure:

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Date_Time_Convert -- Easily convert date/time formats, including the language used
ExtMsgBox --------- A highly customisable replacement for MsgBox
GUIExtender -------- Extend and retract multiple sections within a GUI
GUIFrame ---------- Subdivide GUIs into many adjustable frames
GUIListViewEx ------- Insert, delete, move, drag, sort, edit and colour ListView items
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What's wrong is that you're code isn't clear as to what exactly it is you're trying to achieve with the sleep command. Try putting a COMPLETE, WORKING script that demonstrates EXACTLY what it is you're seeing and explain exactly what it is you expect it to do that it's not. This way we can see where the flaws are and help you with them.


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What's wrong is that you're code isn't clear as to what exactly it is you're trying to achieve with the sleep command. Try putting a COMPLETE, WORKING script that demonstrates EXACTLY what it is you're seeing and explain exactly what it is you expect it to do that it's not. This way we can see where the flaws are and help you with them.

Did you read from the first post??

cesars77,

Looks like one of my suggestions was valid. ;)

Perhaps you could try the other and use MsgBox or ConsoleWrite to see what value you get from ($Duration * 1000 ) - TimerDiff($begin__) - if it is negative you get no sleep as the script I posted earlier showed. :>

M23

yeah it Look like one of your suggestions was valid.

I retrieved the value of ($Duration * 1000 ) - TimerDiff($begin__) who gave a positive value...But again sleep delay is still not properly executed...

I've finally found the right algotrythm!!!!!!!!

It's completly illogical but curiously it works.

Sleep ($Duration * 1000 ) - TimerDiff($begin__)/1000

If anyone can explain that, i'd appreciate... :unsure:

thx guy for the help! Really appreciated.

C.

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I've finally found the right algotrythm!!!!!!!!

It's completly illogical but curiously it works.

Sleep ($Duration * 1000 ) - TimerDiff($begin__)/1000

If anyone can explain that, i'd appreciate... :unsure:

thx guy for the help! Really appreciated.

C.

What's your expected result from TimerDiff($begin__)/1000 ? TimerDiff returns milliseconds, then you're dividing that by 1000 which yields an even smaller number. Then that result is being subtracted from Sleep ($duration * 1000) which will always (I think) evaluate to 1. So you have 1 minus probably a really small number and your result is going to always going to be slightly less than 1.

Or am I reading this wrong? LoL from the looks of this whole thread and based on my past posts I wouldn't be surprised if I'm completely lost here.

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#17 ·  Posted (edited)

What's your expected result from TimerDiff($begin__)/1000 ? TimerDiff returns milliseconds, then you're dividing that by 1000 which yields an even smaller number. Then that result is being subtracted from Sleep ($duration * 1000) which will always (I think) evaluate to 1. So you have 1 minus probably a really small number and your result is going to always going to be slightly less than 1.

Or am I reading this wrong? LoL from the looks of this whole thread and based on my past posts I wouldn't be surprised if I'm completely lost here.

like me,your'e lost...

Edited by cesars77

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like me,your'e lost...

I figured I couldn't make things any worse lol. So were you going to answer my question? Or anyone's for that matter?

BTW: What's in your script that can't easily be masked to protect the security of your office?

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cesars77,

Look at the difference between what you posted a while ago and your latest algorithm:

; Original
Sleep ( ($Duration * 1000 ) - TimerDiff($begin__))

Sleep(  (Some number of ms) - (some other number of ms) )

; So as long as you get a positive value of ms you get a Sleep

; Latest
Sleep ($Duration * 1000 ) - TimerDiff($begin__)/1000

Sleep( some number in the thousands) - some number

; The Sleep function always returns 1 - so we get
1 - a number

; Which means nothing at all

So you are nowhere near getting what you think you are. :>

Did you try what I suggested and test to see what the values of the various variables are when you try to use them to set a duration? :unsure:

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GUIFrame ---------- Subdivide GUIs into many adjustable frames
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ok!! Got it work properly now!! Loop looks like that now...

Func WaitDelay()
      If ValuesScreen() = 1 Then
         $begin__ = TimerInit()
         while ScreenCheck("MainValuesScreen") = 0
            Sleep(1000)
         wend
      EndIf
        
        $Loop = $Loop + $ATTEMPTS
        $JOINATTEMPTS = 0
         If $Loop >= $BeforeSwitch AND $Count > 0 Then
            Sleep(1000+($Delay*1000))
              Sleep ( 1000 )
            If (TimerDiff($begin__) * 1000 ) < $Duration Then
                Sleep ( $Duration * 1000 - TimerDiff($begin__))
            Endif
         Else
            Sleep(5000+($Delay*1000))
              Sleep ( 1000 )
            If (TimerDiff($begin__) * 1000 ) < $Duration Then
                Sleep ( $Duration * 1000 - TimerDiff($begin__))
            Endif
         EndIf
EndFunc

But i had to add a 1 sec Sleep delay in front of the "Sleep loop", otherwise the script seems to ignore it...

Thx again guys!

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