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How does the compiler encode comments?

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I suppose this is a strange usage, but I have a few lines of text comments in a script that I would actually like to have embedded in the script's obfuscated executable.

What I've done is bracket the lines with #Obfuscator Off/On ... and it works ... sort of. I can clearly see the comments in the Script_Obfuscated.Au3 file when I open it with an editor ... so those comment lines aren't being stripped out. But try as I will, I can't find any semblance of the comment lines in the built Program.exe.

Does the compile step encode character strings in some special manner? I've tried viewing text and Unicode(UTF-16). BTW, I can easily see the embedded comment "This program cannot be run in DOS mode."

Thanks in advance for any help.

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Comments are ignored when compiling would be my guess. If you really wanted the text in there, you could make it a string variable that isn't used in the script anywhere, although I am not sure if it will show up even then if you're obfuscating and using UPX.


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... obfuscating and using UPX.

That's probably it. I'm using UPX, which probably does some sort of compaction of simple text. As I said, obfuscation is leaving the text alone, so it must be UPX.

Thanks for the idea.

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