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Hello Everyone,

I'm looking for what you think would be a fast and efficient way to search an entire PC (at least all fixed drives, possibly attached USB drives?) for all .ftp & .bat files (in my case).

Then, I'll need to read the contents of each of these files doing a find & replace function on each file.

Can someone recommend the best way to start this project?

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FileFindFirstFile ( "filename" )

you'll find thousands of examples in the forum

E.


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You're going to need to use a recursive/iterative file search function, or build your own, to search for all files of a certain type. 


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TXTechie,

You can use the _RecFileListToArray UDF in my sig to get an array of these files - or the _FileListToArrayRec function in the latest Beta which is essentially the same code. :)

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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Well, I'm wondering which of the following (or something else that I haven't found yet) might be faster and/or more efficient for this purpose?:

  • FileFindFirstFile & FileFindNextFile
  • _FileListToArray()
  • RecFileListToArray
  • other?

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TXTechie,

The latter 2 are wrappers for FileFindFirst/NextFile to save you having to code it all yourself. :)

_FileListToArray lists in a single folder - _RecFileListToArray (or as I explained above _FileListToArrayRec in the Beta) lists recursively into all subfolders (and a whole lot more). ;)

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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they are all based on FileFindFirstFile & FileFindNextFile afaik. searching the entire computer will take a lot of time for sure


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Melba23 & Edano,

Thank you very much for the information, I will start playing around with _RecFileListToArray UDF.

Thanks!

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I'm using the following script:

#include <Array.au3>
#include "RecFileListToArray.au3" ; External UDF by Melba

#NoTrayIcon

Local  $aFileList, $aDrives = DriveGetDrive("FIXED")
If @error Then
    ; An error occurred when retrieving the drives.
    MsgBox(4096, "Drives", "It appears an error occurred.")
Else
    For $i = 1 To $aDrives[0]
        ; Show all the drives found and convert the drive letter to uppercase.
        MsgBox(4096, "DriveGetDrive", "Drive " & $i & "/" & $aDrives[0] & " = " & StringUpper($aDrives[$i]))
        ; Search the drive for all .bat & .ftp files
        $aFileList = _RecFileListToArray("C:\", "*.bat;*.ftp", 0, 1, 0, 2)
    Next
EndIf

_ArrayDisplay($aFileList, @ScriptName)

The _ArrayDisplay function only displays the folder path, not the actual filename - how can I get the full path to the .bat or .ftp file, since I'll need it later in order to perform the find & replace on them?

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Change the $iReturn parameter to 1 and try it again.

BTW, the way you have it written won't work the way you want it to. The search will always be done on the C: drive and even if written correctly, the array returned is always going to only contain the last drive checked.


If I posted any code, assume that code was written using the latest release version unless stated otherwise. Also, if it doesn't work on XP I can't help with that because I don't have access to XP, and I'm not going to.
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TXTechie,

You are asking the UDF to return "Folders and Files" ($iReturn = 0) so it is not surprising that you get a lot of folders in the returned array - you need to set that parameter to 1 ("Files only"). When I do that and run the calling line I get only files with a full path displayed. :)

But you do realise that at the moment you are only searching the C: drive? You need to use $aDrives[$i] in the $sPath parameter - and concatenate the returned arrays - to search the whole machine. ;)

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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#12 ·  Posted (edited)

Thanks for the clarification, BrewManNH & Melba23! And, yes, I did just notice that I had left the C: drive hard-coded. :oops:

I have been modifying it.

Edited by TXTechie

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Ok, I'm sorry but I've not worked a lot with arrays, how would I go about concatenating the array in a loop like this?

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Do something like this, where it says do something here, you could call a function to do the find and replace on the files found, passing the array as an argument to the function.

#include <Array.au3>
#include "RecFileListToArray.au3" ; External UDF by Melba

#NoTrayIcon

Local $aFileList, $aDrives = DriveGetDrive("FIXED")
If @error Then
    ; An error occurred when retrieving the drives.
    MsgBox(4096, "Drives", "It appears an error occurred.")
Else
    For $i = 1 To $aDrives[0]
        ; Show all the drives found and convert the drive letter to uppercase.
        MsgBox(4096, "DriveGetDrive", "Drive " & $i & "/" & $aDrives[0] & " = " & StringUpper($aDrives[$i]))
        ; Search the drive for all .bat & .ftp files
        $aFileList = _RecFileListToArray($aDrives[$i], "*.bat;*.ftp", 0, 1, 0, 2)
        ; <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<< Do what you need to do with the array here, not after the loop has ended.
        _ArrayDisplay($aFileList, @ScriptName)
    Next
EndIf

If I posted any code, assume that code was written using the latest release version unless stated otherwise. Also, if it doesn't work on XP I can't help with that because I don't have access to XP, and I'm not going to.
Give a programmer the correct code and he can do his work for a day. Teach a programmer to debug and he can do his work for a lifetime - by Chirag Gude
How to ask questions the smart way!

I hereby grant any person the right to use any code I post, that I am the original author of, on the autoitscript.com forums, unless I've specifically stated otherwise in the code or the thread post. If you do use my code all I ask, as a courtesy, is to make note of where you got it from.

Back up and restore Windows user files _Array.au3 - Modified array functions that include support for 2D arrays.  -  ColorChooser - An add-on for SciTE that pops up a color dialog so you can select and paste a color code into a script.  -  Customizable Splashscreen GUI w/Progress Bar - Create a custom "splash screen" GUI with a progress bar and custom label.  -  _FileGetProperty - Retrieve the properties of a file  -  SciTE Toolbar - A toolbar demo for use with the SciTE editor  -  GUIRegisterMsg demo - Demo script to show how to use the Windows messages to interact with controls and your GUI.  -   Latin Square password generator

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#15 ·  Posted (edited)

TXTechie,

_ArrayConcatenate is what you need. But remember that you need to skip the [0] count element when concatenating - and add the value therein to the [0] element of the resulting array so you keep the correct count. ;)

Give me a moment and I will produce a quick example. :)

M23

Edit:

#include <Array.au3>

; Here are our 2 arrays
Global $aArray_1[5] = [4, 1, 2, 3, 4]
Global $aArray_2[3] = [2, "A", "B"]

; Add the count of the second to the first
$aArray_1[0] += $aArray_2[0]

; And now concatenate the arrays - missing the count element of the second
_ArrayConcatenate($aArray_1, $aArray_2, 1)

; and here is the result
_ArrayDisplay($aArray_1)
Edited by Melba23

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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#16 ·  Posted (edited)

Darn,

I was hoping I could jump in here and help out but the pros beat me to it lol. I highly recommend _RecFileListToArray it has just about everything you'll need to run a search function. Bit of advice= read the UDF then reread it until you know it front and back, its all there. Melba23 does a great job of explaining how to use her his wrappers in the udf.

Edited by Wombat

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BrewManNH - Thanks, that makes sense - just do what I need to it before checking another drive, no need to concatenate.

Melba23 - Thank you for the example... I would have NEVER come up with how to do that on my own (I did see and study the _ArrayConcatenate function, but I still couldn't figure out how to go about coding it).

Again, thank you both!  :rolleyes:

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Hi Wombat,

Thank you for the additional advice and information. I'll have to read the UDF more closely for clues on how to use it! Thanks (to you and Melba23)!

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Wombat,

 

her wrappers

I have a perfectly good Y chromosome I would have you know! :D

M23

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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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#20 ·  Posted (edited)

Wombat,

 

I have a perfectly good Y chromosome I would have you know! :D

M23

 

I knew you're male, I have no idea why i typed her and not his, lets chalk it up to a errored keystroke.... My apologies

Edited by Wombat

Just look at us.
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The internet is our one and only hope at a truly free world, do not let them take it from us...

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      Added string correction for the request that, in the previous version, was not always able to return a correct result.
       
      A big thanks to Ward for his great UDF, and Nina my favorite tester, (who between us is also my third daughter), for his precious advices .
      previous downloads : 1703
       
      As there is no more script downloads count, source and executable are available in the downloads section

      Enjoy ! 
      July 2017 Project Discontinued due to website changes
    • usmiv4o
      By usmiv4o
      #cs ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- AutoIt Version: 3.2.4.3 Author: usmiv4o Script Function: AutoIt script to check if files in directory are changed. It is usefull for security contra-inteligense measures. Function Name: LoadTripwireDB() Description: Loads database (text file tripwire.txt) and compare files in /test folder for changes. compares Hash (MD5) checksums. If they are not the same starts Initial() Function Name: Initial() Description: Checks directory and makes index of files and their MD5 checksums in text file (tripwire.txt) Function Name: Hush() Description: Checks file and returns its MD5 checksum. Requirement(s): Windows XP Return Value(s): On Success - Returns true. Files are the same as before. On Failure - return false. Example: LoadTripwireDB() #ce ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- #include <Crypt.au3> #include <File.au3> #include <Array.au3> $sDir = @ScriptDir & "\Test" $sFilePath = @ScriptDir & "\tripwire.txt" Func Hush(ByRef $sFile) $sRead = FileOpen( $sFile) $dHash = _Crypt_HashData($sRead, $CALG_MD5) ; Create a hash of the text entered. ConsoleWrite("Hash of file " & $sFile & " is " & $dHash & @CRLF) EndFunc ;ConsoleWrite("Files in Dir are " & $aScriptDir[0] & @CRLF) ;$sFilePath = @ScriptDir & "\Examples.txt" ;_FileWriteFromArray($sFilePath, $aScriptDir, 1) ;_ArrayDisplay($aScriptDir, "1D display") Func Initial() $aScriptDir = _FileListToArray($sDir) for $i = 1 To UBound($aScriptDir) - 1 $dHash = _Crypt_HashData($i, $CALG_MD5) ;ConsoleWrite("File " & $aScriptDir[$i] & " is " & $dHash & @CRLF) ConsoleWrite($aScriptDir[$i] & ":" & $dHash & @CRLF) ;Hush($aScriptDir[$i]) ;FileWrite $hFileOpen = FileOpen($sFilePath, $FO_APPEND) If $hFileOpen = -1 Then MsgBox($MB_SYSTEMMODAL, "", "An error occurred when reading the file.") EndIf FileWrite($hFileOpen, $aScriptDir[$i] & ":" & $dHash & @CRLF) Next EndFunc Func Monitor() $aScriptDir = _FileListToArray($sDir) for $i = 1 To UBound($aScriptDir) - 1 Next EndFunc Func LoadTripwireDB() $comparison_ok = false $dArray = _FileListToArray($sDir) ;directory $dArray0 = UBound($dArray) - 1 $fArray = FileReadToArray($sFilePath) ;file $fArray0 = UBound($fArray) ;_ArrayDisplay($dArray, "files array") if $dArray0 = $fArray0 Then ; are file same as recorded in txt file? ;ConsoleWrite("files in monitoring dir: " & $dArray[0] & " = file recorded: " & $fArray0 & @CRLF & $fArray[0]& @CRLF) for $i = 1 To UBound($dArray) - 1 ;ConsoleWrite("i = " & $i & @CRLF) $dHash = _Crypt_HashData($i, $CALG_MD5) ;binary ;$dHash = BinaryToString($dHash) $ffhash = StringSplit( $fArray[$i-1],":") $fhash = $ffhash[2] ;ConsoleWrite("IsBinary $dHash " & IsBinary($dHash) & @CRLF) if $dHash = $fhash Then ;if compared hashes are equal ;ConsoleWrite($fhash & ":" & $dHash & " equal" & @CRLF) ;ConsoleWrite("File: " & $fhash & @CRLF & "Directory: " & $dHash & @CRLF & "equal: yes " & @CRLF) Else ;if compared hashes are not equal ;ConsoleWrite("File: " & $fhash & @CRLF & "Directory: " & $dHash & @CRLF & "equal: not " & @CRLF) ;MsgBox(0,"hash md5",$fhash & ":" & $dHash & " not equal") EndIf Next ;ConsoleWrite("hashes are equal" & @CRLF) $comparison_ok = true Else ConsoleWrite("number of files in monitoring dir are not same as recorded" & @CRLF) ConsoleWrite("directory: " & $dArray[0] &":"& "files: " & UBound($fArray) - 1 & @CRLF) EndIf Return $comparison_ok EndFunc #main if LoadTripwireDB() = true Then ConsoleWrite(" hashes are equal " & @CRLF) ElseIf LoadTripwireDB() <> true Then ConsoleWrite(" hashes are not equal " & @CRLF) ConsoleWrite(" hashes are not equal " & @CRLF) Initial() EndIf  
      tripwire.au3
      tripwire.txt