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Hi folks. It has been some time since I have used AutoIT so I am a little rusty. I am revisting some code that is basically reading an ini file and creating a CMD on the fly in order to perform some copy operations. The problem I am running into is that one of the lines in my INI file contains a "&" sign. I know how to deal with this in my CMD file that I am creating on the fly I am just having an issue getting AutoIT script to deal with it. Basically what I did was modify the ini so that I preceded the "&" sign with a "^". This tells DOS to escape out the "&" and use it in the string as I intended. The problem is that when my ini read section of the AutoIT script his the "^" symbol it tells me I cant do that without an array. I can post some example code in a bit once I clean it up.

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OK, post your code and we'll see.


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just post the code to be perfomed at cmd :oops:


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dim $PRJ_Name
dim $PRJ_Number
dim $INI_Read
dim %SRV_Loc

IF $INI_Read = "Name of Office" then
    $INI_Read="Projects.ini"
    $SRV_LOC="[url="file://srvdata"]srvdata[/url]"
    $PRJ_INI=IniReadSection($INI_Read,"Project_List")
    $PRJ_Name = ($PRJ_INI[1][1])
    $PRJno_INI=IniReadSection($INI_Read,$PRJ_Name)
    For $i = 1 To $PRJ_INI[0][0]
     GUICtrlSetData($Project_List,$PRJ_INI[$i][1],$PRJ_INI[1][1]) ; add other item snd set a new default
    Next
   
    For $i = 1 To $PRJno_INI[0][0]
     GUICtrlSetData($ProjectNo_List,$PRJno_INI[$i][1],$PRJno_INI[1][1]) ; add other item snd set a new default
    Next
   EndIf

$PRJ_Number = GUICtrlRead($ProjectNo_List)
   $FileName = "C:tempPojects.bat"
   $file = FileOpen($FileName, 10) ; which is similar to 2 + 8 (erase  + create dir) 
   FileWriteLine($file,"@echo off")
   FileWriteLine($file,"REM Project Setup")
   FileWriteLine($file,"REM ------------------- Script Functions -------------------")
   FileWriteLine($file,"REM PRJ_Name and PRJ_Number and Server_Location are the only values that need updated per Revit project")
   FileWriteLine($file,"REM Creates Local Project Folders")
   FileWriteLine($file,"")
   FileWriteLine($file,"set PRJ_Name=" & $PRJ_Name)
   FileWriteLine($file,"set PRJ_Number=" & $PRJ_Number)
   FileWriteLine($file,"set Server_Location=" & $SRV_LOC)

FileWriteLine($file,"copy ""C:Projects%PRJ_Name%%PRJ_Number%DATAStuff*-Archive.rvt"" ""C:Projects%PRJ_Name%%PRJ_Number%Archives"" /y")

INI is structured as below

[Project_Location]

1=Office 1

2=Office 2

[Project_List]

1=BBS

2=Jeff & John

[bBS]

1=1234

[Jeff & John]

1=1234

Like I tried to explain in my original pose my problem is the Jeff & John string that I turn into a path for a DOS copy. I have to escape out the & sign in DOS using the ^. However when I tried just adding that into the string in the INI file the AU3 script choked on it.

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Why not just use the FileCopy function in AutoIt instead of hacking together a batch file to do it? I think the main problem with your batch file is that you need to use quotes around the pathname if it contains spaces, the "&" probably isn't the problem.


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I use the create BAT file for other things. It was also a way for me to create a log so to speak to make sure everything was working. A good point and something I may revisit. I have been using this for several years and the qutes and spaces have never been an issue. This just started failing on me when they add a & to the file path.

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jcampbell,

It all works fine for me: :bye:

Ini:

[Project_Location]
1=Office 1
2=Office 2

[Project_List]
1=BBS
2=Jeff ^& John

[BBS]
1=1234

[Jeff ^& John]
1=1234

Script:

#include <GUIConstantsEx.au3>

Dim $PRJ_Name
Dim $PRJ_Number
Dim $INI_Read
Dim $SRV_Loc
$INI_Read = "Name of Office"

$hGUI = GUICreate("Test", 500, 500)

$Project_List = GUICtrlCreateCombo("", 10, 10, 200, 20)

$ProjectNo_List = GUICtrlCreateCombo("", 10, 50, 200, 20)

$cButton = GUICtrlCreateButton("Test", 10, 100, 80, 30)

GUISetState()

If $INI_Read = "Name of Office" Then
    $INI_Read = "Projects.ini"
    $SRV_Loc = '[url="file://srvdata"]srvdata[/url]'
    $PRJ_INI = IniReadSection($INI_Read, "Project_List")

    $PRJ_Name = ($PRJ_INI[1][1])
    $PRJno_INI = IniReadSection($INI_Read, $PRJ_Name)

    For $i = 1 To $PRJ_INI[0][0]
        GUICtrlSetData($Project_List, $PRJ_INI[$i][1], $PRJ_INI[1][1]) ; add other item snd set a new default
    Next

    For $i = 1 To $PRJno_INI[0][0]
        GUICtrlSetData($ProjectNo_List, $PRJno_INI[$i][1], $PRJno_INI[1][1]) ; add other item snd set a new default
    Next
EndIf


While 1

    Switch GUIGetMsg()
        Case $GUI_EVENT_CLOSE
            Exit
        Case $cButton
            Test()
    EndSwitch

WEnd

Func Test()


    $PRJ_Name = GUICtrlRead($Project_List)
    $PRJ_Number = GUICtrlRead($ProjectNo_List)
    $FileName = "Projects.txt"
    $file = FileOpen($FileName, 10) ; which is similar to 2 + 8 (erase  + create dir)
    FileWriteLine($file, "@echo off")
    FileWriteLine($file, "REM Project Setup")
    FileWriteLine($file, "REM ------------------- Script Functions -------------------")
    FileWriteLine($file, "REM PRJ_Name and PRJ_Number and Server_Location are the only values that need updated per Revit project")
    FileWriteLine($file, "REM Creates Local Project Folders")
    FileWriteLine($file, "")
    FileWriteLine($file, "set PRJ_Name=" & $PRJ_Name)
    FileWriteLine($file, "set PRJ_Number=" & $PRJ_Number)
    FileWriteLine($file, "set Server_Location=" & $SRV_Loc)

    FileWriteLine($file, "copy ""C:Projects%PRJ_Name%%PRJ_Number%DATAStuff*-Archive.rvt"" ""C:Projects%PRJ_Name%%PRJ_Number%Archives"" /y")

EndFunc   ;==>Test

Result:

@echo off
REM Project Setup
REM ------------------- Script Functions -------------------
REM PRJ_Name and PRJ_Number and Server_Location are the only values that need updated per Revit project
REM Creates Local Project Folders

set PRJ_Name=Jeff ^& John
set PRJ_Number=1234
set Server_Location=[url="file://srvdata"]srvdata[/url]
copy "C:Projects%PRJ_Name%%PRJ_Number%DATAStuff*-Archive.rvt" "C:Projects%PRJ_Name%%PRJ_Number%Archives" /y

What is different between this code and yours? :oops:

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#8 ·  Posted (edited)

If there's truly a valid reason for using environment variables, then the following line won't fly without quoting the variable:

FileWriteLine($file,"set PRJ_Name=" & $PRJ_Name)

Edit: Nevermind, being up til 5am has my brain cell malfunctioning :oops: I will stick with my opinion that avoiding environment variables might be a good idea.

Edited by Spiff59

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I feel the 5am thing Spiff. Not sure why I am struggling with this.

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jcampbell,

Seen any differences between our 2 versions of the code yet? :oops:

M23


Any of my own code posted anywhere on the forum is available for use by others without any restriction of any kind._______My UDFs:

Spoiler

ArrayMultiColSort ---- Sort arrays on multiple columns
ChooseFileFolder ---- Single and multiple selections from specified path treeview listing
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
GUITreeViewEx ------ Check/clear parent and child checkboxes in a TreeView
Marquee ----------- Scrolling tickertape GUIs
NoFocusLines ------- Remove the dotted focus lines from buttons, sliders, radios and checkboxes
Notify ------------- Small notifications on the edge of the display
Scrollbars ----------Automatically sized scrollbars with a single command
StringSize ---------- Automatically size controls to fit text
Toast -------------- Small GUIs which pop out of the notification area

 

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No, I went back to my ini input all my data again and I get past the error now but it still is not working the way it should. It is generated my folder structure but still no copy.

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I found it guys you can call off the hunt. Thanks all for the help. Ended up being an extra space.

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