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caleb41610

yes. check out fileopen(), fileclose(), fileread(), and filewrite().

check the script for the binary/hex pattern and replace it.

make sure there are NO other occurrances, or else you will without a doubt come in to problems.

use error checking when you write the script.

what's your goal? just curious.

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water

In your case you should separate the logic of your script (which goes intot he compiled exe) and the data you need for operation. Put everything into an ini file or a database and get all the necessary data on startup.

The modifier script could then just modify the ini file or database.


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caleb41610

neat. good luck!

you can do it easier the way Water says, though :)

Edited by caleb41610

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Melba23

Abraluna,

I would also point out that as the "script" part of your compiled Autoit script is compressed before being added to the interpreter stub, you are very unlikely to be able to see the plain text version of your string within the .exe. water's idea is definitely the way to go - although you may want to look at Zedna's Resources UDF which would enable you to store the strings in the resource table. You can put them in there during compilation by using #AutoIt3Wrapper directives - look in the SciTE <Help - SciTE Help > menu for more information. :)

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Melba23

Abraluna,

Delighted to hear it - and that I could be of help. :)

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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
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Blue_Drache

You also may want to consider using a backup copy of the file in the event you bork it?


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caleb41610

After thinking about this during my lunch break I started to wonder how this would actually be possible. I compared the binary of two compiled scripts with everything identical except one variable had a value of 1, and one had a value of 2.

Conclusion: I have no idea how to do what the OP wants. But it made me extremely curious, and it may teach me something. I made a script to compare the binary of the two compiled scripts, and display sections it finds with different strings. There's many different sections that are changed. (about 3-4) I'm not sure how to proceed from here, but after I write this I'll probably start editing each part with modified binary to see what the result yields.

If anyone is more knowledgeable about this, I would be extremely interested to hear it.

Edit: If this is borderline breaking rules of de-compiling then just let me know and I won't persue it anymore. (some of my searches on the subject brought this to my attention)

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Blue_Drache

Caleb: Keep experimenting. Try disabling the UPX compression and see what happens.

Also, I wonder if you can reverse the UPX process to get an "unpacked" executable before fiddling with the binary.


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