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A friend guided me to AutoIt about 2 days ago, cause I hated having a dos window open during a .BAT file being ran. Right now, I am trying to add a variable of $path, which I have used as an input box in a GUI to get a path name that the user enters, but I wanted to try to use the stored variable in a run command. Here is the snippets of my code where it involves the $path variable

$path = GuiCtrlCreateInput("D:\DVD_VIDEO\{movie}\VIDEO_TS\{filename.vob}",10,25,294,20)
RunWait("C:\Program Files\AutoGK\DGMPGDec\DGIndex.exe -AIF=[{$path}] -OF=[""] -exit","",@SW_MINIMIZE)

I've tried it like that, as well, I've also tried to unquote where the $path begins and the $path variable ends, with no luck (i.e. "... -AIF=["$path"]...").

Is this even possible or am I trying to hard?

Any help would be appreciated, even if it's to call me an idiot :whistle:

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Variables aren't recognised within a string. Also, if you use double quotes within a string that is surrounded by them then you need to either double up on the internal ones or use single quotes around the string instead.

$path = GuiCtrlCreateInput("D:\DVD_VIDEO\{movie}\VIDEO_TS\{filename.vob}", 10, 25, 294, 20)
RunWait('C:\Program Files\AutoGK\DGMPGDec\DGIndex.exe -AIF=[{' & $path & '}] -OF=[""] -exit', "", @SW_MINIMIZE)
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I've tried double quoting and every other possible method I can think, but if variables aren't passable within a string then I guess, I'll have to think of something else. Thanks a lot. The script I wrote up there is wrong as well, I edited it before I pasted it in, but oh well. Thanks for your help. :whistle:

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Don't dispare so quickly... LxP said that variables are not recognized "within" a string -- not that they couldn't be passed "with" a string.

He showed you an example how you can do it (notice the &'s)

To illustrate:

$a = "John"
$b = "Smith"

$x = "$a $b"
$y = $a & $b
$z = $a & " " & $b

$x is now the string "$a $b" because variable substitution is not done inside quotes.

$y is now the string "JohnSmith" and $z is "John Smith"


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I tried a few other methods, and I had one to work, where I set a variable and it grabbed the $path variable with GUICtrlRead($path) and then it grabbed it in the clipboard, and pasted it into a temp.bat file, where it ran it using _RunDOS, although, I was having errors, which I eventually debugged. Although, I still had one with DGIndex.exe which I figured out and tried to fix, but now my whole set up isn't working. I am gonna try your idea DaleHohm, and see what the result will become. I am quite the noob at this, and of course I had to make something that required thought, lol.

Thanks for your help guys.

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