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Hi members,

Have a question regarding ‘FileExist” and if this is the right direction I should be going in.

I have a script that runs a program on my computer and after the program is running it looks for a pop up completion window with an OK button. My script will click that and close the program and then continue with the rest of the scripting procedures. This is running perfectly.

But, I have an issue and that is I now need to run addition instances of this program and each one has the same title bar and text info. One thing this program does is when completed it will create a summary.txt file within its home directory.

So I want to switch gears here and perhaps instead of the system looking for a popup completion window which is confusing the script; instead look at the directory and wait for the creation of summary.txt file to continue. I can suppress the pop up window and take that out of the equation altogether and hopefully have the script look for the creation of the file as its “visual trigger” to move on.

So for instance if program 1 is in this location “c:softwareprogram1program.exe” it will run and when done will create summary.txt file at “c:softwareprogram1summary.txt”. At the same time this is running another program installed in “c:Softwareprogram2… “ may be running at the same time and will, upon completion create its own summary.txt file in its home directory.

I looked at ‘FileExist” but I am lost on how to make that act as a live listening trigger/agent for the script. The only thing that I could think of is some type of “Do” loop but I am not particularly skilled in loops and I may be wrong as to the use of that.

I was hoping somebody could give me some assistance and direction.


Edited by gripper

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Here is an example of one way you could go about your task.

#include <File.au3>
#include <Array.au3> ; just for testing

$Path = "c:software"
$Summary = "summary.txt"
$iCount = 0 ; to check how many folders have been processed

$AFolders = _FileListToArray($Path, "*", 2) ; lists all folders to array

_ArrayDisplay($AFolders) ; just for testing

While 1 ; $AFolders[0] contains the amount of folders found
    For $i = 1 To $AFolders[0] ; loop through all found folders
        If FileExists($Path & $AFolders[$i] & $Summary Then
            ; your summery file exists here
            ; you can process it, but must delete, or rename it after, or it might find it twice
            $iCount += 1 ; you processed a file so increase the count
    If $iCount >= $AFolders[0] Then ;you processed them all
        ExitLoop ; bail out of loop

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Here is an example of one way you could go about your task.

I call this work of art the file iteration simplificationer or maybe not.

func _summary($sfile, $isdir)
If stringinstr($sfile, "summary.txt") then
;Do Something with that file - $sfile is the fully qualified file path to bla
if $isdir than
;Do something with it maybe?

_FileListEx("C:Software", "_Summary")

Func _FileList_Ex($s_Dir = @WorkingDir, $s_Func = "")
ConsoleWrite(@CRLF & "!>Root Directory is set to " & $s_Dir & " and will be preserved." & @CRLF)
Local $a_Directory_List[2] = ["", $s_Dir]
__FileList_Ex($a_Directory_List, $s_Func)
ConsoleWrite(@CRLF & "!> Search Finished!" & @CRLF & @CRLF)
EndFunc ;==>_FileList_Ex

Func __FileList_Ex(ByRef $a_Directory_List, $s_Func) ; Recursive
Local $iFile = 0, $sDir = _ArrayPop($a_Directory_List)
If Not IsArray($a_Directory_List) Then Return
If FileExists($sDir) Then
ConsoleWrite(@CRLF & ">Search: " & $sDir)
Local $h_Files = FileFindFirstFile("*.*")
While 1
Local $sFile = FileFindNextFile($h_Files)
If @error Then
If FileExists($sDir) Then ConsoleWrite(@CRLF & "+> " & $iFile & " File(s)" & @CRLF)
If IsArray($a_Directory_List) Then __FileList_Ex($a_Directory_List, $s_Func)
$iFile += 1
$sFile = _PathFull($sFile)
Local $Is_Dir = False
If StringInStr(FileGetAttrib($sFile), "D") Then
_ArrayAdd($a_Directory_List, $sFile)
$Is_Dir = True
Call($s_Func, $sFile, $Is_Dir)
EndFunc ;==>__FileList_Ex

I wrote this recursive function a couple of days ago, maybe you will find it of use + just call the function with your own that way you can forget about the painful loops.


You'll need these at the top of your script for it to work.

#include <Array.au3>

#include <File.au3>

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Edited by Decipher




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