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StevenOfPomroyIL

Passing Variables from an #Included text File

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#1 ·  Posted (edited)

I'm a noobie and I would like to:

1. Declare variables in a text file

2. #Include that file from outside the include library

Here's the scenario: I have an variable called $emailList that I've defined in a text file that resides at the root of my computer. I would like to use this variable in 10-15 small reporting programs. Rather than mess around with copying and pasting the variable $emailList from one .AU3 file to the next, I would simply reference the emailList.txt file and viola--uniformity. I am hoping that I do not have to actually open the file and programmatically set a variable in my AU3 script to the content of the text file--but rather than simply "include" the variable into the script (even if it is only read to the program at the compiler).

The .au3 code is:

#include "emailLists.txt"

The content of the #include "emailLists.txt" is:

$emailList = "stever@############.org"

Any help is much appreciated.

Steve R.

Edited by StevenOfPomroyIL

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#2 ·  Posted (edited)

Check out IniRead and IniReadSection in the help file.

Change your logic thinking

[Settings]
ComputerName=MYCOMPUTER

Above would be the ini file.

Below would be in the autoit script. You declare the variable inside the script and have it read the contents of the variable from the ini file. You don't have to use ini but the built in ini functions work really well for what you're looking for. Using IniReadSection will require you to understand Arrays in AutoIt but will allow you to do more what it sounds like you're looking for.

$sComputerName = IniRead("c:sharedpathsettings.ini", "Settings", "ComputerName", "0")
Edited by ZacUSNYR

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Thanks this works. I appreciate your help

-Steven

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If you look at any of the xxxConstants.au3 files in the AutoIt3Include folder you can see that you can have variables that are in an include file be included into your script. No need to go through the ini file process. As long as the include is at the beginning of the script, and you scope the variable correctly, you shouldn't have any problems.


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If you look at any of the xxxConstants.au3 files in the AutoIt3Include folder you can see that you can have variables that are in an include file be included into your script. No need to go through the ini file process. As long as the include is at the beginning of the script, and you scope the variable correctly, you shouldn't have any problems.

I take his original question as him wishing to be able to update the variables in one place without having to recompile every time.

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I take his original question as him wishing to be able to update the variables in one place without having to recompile every time.

(even if it is only read to the program at the compiler).

I saw this and assumed he meant that it would be read in once.

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I think Variable and Value are the cause of this confusion. When I first skim read it, I thought the user was asking for a variable e.g. sExample to be literally read as a string from a text file and then using Eval to return as a variable etc.. therefore very chaotic! After reading it again and substituting variable for value, I would say the INI functions are the way to go.


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#8 ·  Posted (edited)

Either way, his question is confusing now and he knows two different ways to do it either way he asked it lol

Edited by ZacUSNYR

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