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Run script/exe @ random times

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#1 ·  Posted (edited)

Hi guys,

Does anyone know how to setup a script to run

@ random times?

I currently have my script as a scheduled task

to run every 30mins, however looking to randomize

the run times.

this is what i have so far however, I have the below on a scheduled

task to run every hr and the loop to run 4x/ hr.

the issue i'm running into is that the 4th time it runs

it could still be running into the next hr.

(hopefully that makes sense)

$mintimedelay = (5000); (15)*60*1000 (want to wait min 15 mins between each script run)
$staggerlikedat = (2000); (4)*60*1000
$count = 0
$maxcount = 4
While 1
    $runme = ""
    Run($runme, @ScriptDir)
    $howlong = $mintimedelay + random(0, $staggerlikedat, 1)
    ConsoleWrite(@CRLF & "Next run in: " & ($howlong/1000) & " sec...." & @CRLF);
    $count+=1
    if $count = $maxcount then ExitLoop
    Sleep($howlong)
WEnd
Edited by augustspies

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#2 ·  Posted (edited)

Depending on how complicated you want to make your code, you have lots of options. Something like this might work:

While 1
    $runme = ""
    Run($runme, @ScriptDir)
    $howlong = $mintimedelay + random(0, $staggerlikedat, 1)
    
    If $howlong >= $mintimedelay Then ; If the last quarter is greater or equal to 60 minutes, make the remaining time be the difference between 60 minutes and the last random number
        $howlong = $mintimedelay - $howlong
    EndIf
    
    ConsoleWrite(@CRLF & "Next run in: " & ($howlong/1000) & " sec...." & @CRLF);
    $count+=1
    if $count = $maxcount then ExitLoop
    Sleep($howlong)
WEnd

I think a more efficient method would be to pick a random time between 0-15 minutes (average of 7.5 minutes). Then pick a random number between the last value and 15 minutes. Then a random number between that value and 30 minutes. And again, to 45 minutes. The laziest way to do it would be create three variables ($firstQuarter, $secondQuarter, $thirdQuarter) and use them to pit against the random function times. This way your random times couldn't all be at the very beginning or the very end. They would have to be staggered throughout the hour (but still random).

Edited by sleepydvdr

#include <ByteMe.au3>

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#3 ·  Posted (edited)

Better example:

Global $firstQuarter, $secondQuarter, $thirdQuarter
$runme = "whatever.exe"

_RandomTimes()

Func _RandomTimes()
    $firstQuarter = Random(1, 15, 1)
    $secondQuarter = Random($firstQuarter, 30, 1)
    $thirdQuarter = Random($secondQuarter, 45, 1)

    Sleep($firstQuarter * 60000) ; 60000 is one minute. This statement results in a random time between 1 and 15 minutes.
    Run($runme)
    Sleep($secondQuarter * 60000)
    Run($runme)
    Sleep($thirdQuarter * 60000)
    Run($runme)
    Sleep(600000 - $thirdQuarter * 60000) ; 60 minutes minus the leftover time
    Run($runme)
 EndFunc
Edited by sleepydvdr

#include <ByteMe.au3>

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#4 ·  Posted (edited)

And if you want to run at completely random times during that hour:

#include <array.au3>
Global $firstRun, $secondRun, $thirdRun, $fourthRun
$runme = "whatever.exe"
_RandomTimes()

Func _RandomTimes()
    $firstRun = Random(1, 60, 1)
    $secondRun = Random(1, 60, 1)
    $thirdRun = Random(1, 60, 1)
    $fourthRun = Random(1, 60, 1)
    
    Dim $array[4] = [$firstRun, $secondRun, $thirdRun, $fourthRun]
    _ArraySort($array)

    Sleep($array[0] * 60000)
    Run($runme)
    Sleep($array[1] * 60000)
    Run($runme)
    Sleep($array[2] * 60000)
    Run($runme)
    Sleep($array[3] * 60000)
    Run($runme)
 EndFunc
Edited by sleepydvdr

#include <ByteMe.au3>

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