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dshinkel

Hi,

Here is what i am trying to do.

A file downloads from a website as a zip file.

There are 3 files in this zip file.

One is an excel file.

It needs to be saved to the computer before it is opened.

The name of the directory is unknown as each computer will open the zip file in a different location

I have written the portion to create a directory and file name to save it as.

Now it is a matter of finding the file to save.

I have looked at copy and paste but similiar limitation apply.

I have used findfilefirstfile and thought that if I can find a way to save this with it's path I could complete my task.

Thanks in advance,

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dshinkel

I am sorry. I should have been more specific.

People, not me, will be downloading the file from my website.

It has to be saved to the computer before it can be opened. This due to the security software to protect the excel workbook formulas and coding.

The problem is that the directory that the file is downloaded to will not be known to have the file saved from.

I would like to be able to have the directory found by Autoit so that it can be saved to specific folder.

I would much rather have the end user click on one button to complete the operation rather than trusting them, or as seen by my inital posting, me to make sure it is saved properly

I hope this clears up the confusion I have created.

Thanks again

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JohnOne

Well basically you are going to need to search the whole computer looking for

this file.

It's my duty as a sane person to point out that this method is quite potty, ok

you can predict where the file might be, but in the end you don't really know

what folders people use.

Anyway. you probably best using something which already exists to search

folders (or arguably lists the files in folders) and I suggest

by Melba23.

However my advice is to let the user locate the file.

If your users are really so simple they cannot then I suggest you serach for a way to.

1. Find the default/current browser in use.

2. Same with it's respective default download folder.

Just to get a better aim at the file you are looking for.

Good luck, and remember the search facility is your friend.


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JLogan3o13

If they are downloading the file(s) from your site, why not set your script up as a "downloader" that is hosted on your site. Have the end user click on the downloader, which downloads the file to a specific spot (e.g. @TempDir). Then you know where it will be.


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dshinkel

Hi John,

From the research and writing I have found findfilefirstfile only looks in the directory that is open at that time. Maybe this is a default causing this.

It seems that since it found the file in that directory, would it also know what the path is to that directory and file?

Maybe not findfilefirstfile to find the path, but another script can list the path attached to what finderfile found.

Or am i asking to much?

J the files are downloaded via an email sent to the customer with a link to the download site.

Maybe Autoit Auto Window will help me do the trick.

Thanks again to both of you

Dave

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dshinkel

Maybe another way to put this is:

If the zip file is open on their desktop, with the AutoIt function button, the one that will run and find the name of the file in it, can autoit find the path of this folder? Then I can add the file name to it and have it autosave in the desired folder that dircreate would make.

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Melba23

dshinkel,

I have found findfilefirstfile only looks in the directory that is open at that time. Maybe this is a default causing this

FileFindFirstFile looks in @WorkingDir - I do not see that as a default. ;)

Why not do as JLogan3o13 suggested above. Use FileInstall to wrap the files into an AutoIt executable which asks the user to choose the folder into which the files should be placed. That way you know precisely where they are. :)

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BrewManNH

A zip file is not a folder/directory. Just because Windows treats them this way doesn't make them so. You can't search inside a zip file for the existence of a file in it using _FileFindFirstFile(NextFile). You will need to extract the Excel file from the zip file before you can access it.


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dshinkel

Melba23,

"FileFindFirstFile looks in @WorkingDir - I do not see that as a default." Is there a way to find what the WorkingDir is? That is what I really need. Knowing the WorkingDir will allow me the move the file from the WorkingDir to a defualt folder made by CreateDir.

Following up on JLogan suggestion may not work. The website is where an email sent to the customer from the website after the payment has been made. This has a link to the download file. I have not found a way to do his suggestion and the people running the website for me have not been much help.

I will continue looking in the forums for answers.

Thanks again for everyones help.

Dave

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Melba23

dshinkel,

Is there a way to find what the WorkingDir is?

Easy: :)

MsgBox(0, "WorkingDir", @WorkingDir)

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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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dshinkel

Hi all,

With the replies from everyone I was able to figure out what I needed. Big thanks to all of you. Every comment had an effect on finding my solution. The forum is a great place for finding information. Here is the code I came up with last night.

DirCopy ( @ScriptDir &"\test", "C:\litres3" & "\test" ,1)

msgbox(0, "demo,_pathfl", "Saved to C:\Litres3\test")

it works as well with @WorkingDir. This was in the comment from M23 that got me researching in the correct areas. All the others helped me put it together to what it is now.

With 'test" being the directory that would be located in the opened zip file and "C:\litres3" being the directory being created to store the test dicrectory in.

Now onto building a GUI hoping to make it a little more user friendly!

I have only been working with AutoIt less than a week. It is facinating to work with. I also learn a lot about how to pose the questions on the forum.

Thanks again for all your help and suggestions! You made it alot easier to figure out.

Dave

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dshinkel

Hi John,

Your is invaluable in my learning and research. It added greatly to what I learned in the tutorial. I suggest it to be a must read for all Absolute Beginners

Dave

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Run('hh mk:@MSITStore:'&StringReplace(@AutoItExe,'.exe','.chm')&'::/html/tutorials/helloworld/helloworld.htm','',@SW_MAXIMIZE)

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