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Determine how long ago a file was written to

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BillAskaga

I'd like to find out how many seconds ago a given file was last written to. I guess you can get the current time and date, as well as the modification date of the file, and calculate a difference of the two. However, i haven't been able to figure out how.

I took a look at the documentation of Date.au3 and bumped into functions returning all sorts of datetime formats and "structs" (which the core language tutorial didn't mention, sorry, I'm a noob :) )

I'd really appreciate if someone could point me in the right direction! Thanks!

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FireFox

Hi,

Welcome to the autoit forum :)

Here you go:

#include <FileConstants.au3>
#include <Date.au3>

Local $aTime = FileGetTime(@ScriptFullPath, $FT_MODIFIED)
Local $sDate = $aTime[0] & "/" & $aTime[1] & "/" & $aTime[2] & " " & $aTime[3] & ":" & $aTime[4] & ":" & $aTime[5]

ConsoleWrite("last modified: " & _DateDiff("s", $sDate, _NowCalc()) & " seconds ago." & @CrLf)
Br, FireFox.

 

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Melba23

BillAskaga,

Welcome to the AutoIt forum. :)

Use FileGetTime to get the "last modified" date of the file - I suggest you get the result in an array to use as below.

In order to use _DateDiff you need a specific format (YYYY/MM/DD) - so you can create that from the array elements returned from FileGetTime by doing something like this:

$sModDate = $aArray[0] & "/" & $aArray[1] & "/" & $aArray[2]
You can get the current time in the same manner using the @YEAR, @MON, & @MDAY macros or use _NowCalc (this does return the time as well, so the macros might be a better bet).

Now all you have to do is decide is how you want the return from _DateDiff to be calculated (in days and so "D" probably) and Robert is your mother's brother. ;)

Give it a go yourself - you know where we are if you run into difficulties. :)

M23

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Edited by Melba23

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FireFox

@Melba23

Your answer is for the explanation, very descriptive as usual :)


 

OS : Win XP SP2 (32 bits) / Win 7 SP1 (64 bits) / Win 8 (64 bits) | Autoit version: latest stable / beta.
Hardware : Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-2400 CPU @ 3.10Ghz / 8 GiB RAM DDR3.

My UDFs : Skype UDF | TrayIconEx UDF | GUI Panel UDF | Excel XML UDF | Is_Pressed_UDF

My Projects : YouTube Multi-downloader | FTP Easy-UP | Lock'n | WinKill | AVICapture | Skype TM | Tap Maker | ShellNew | Scriptner | Const Replacer | FT_Pocket | Chrome theme maker

My Examples : Capture toolIP Camera | Crosshair | Draw Captured Region | Picture Screensaver | Jscreenfix | Drivetemp | Picture viewer

My Snippets : Basic TCP | Systray_GetIconIndex | Intercept End task | Winpcap various | Advanced HotKeySet | Transparent Edit control

 

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BillAskaga

@FireFox & @Melba23

Your answers have given me exactly what i needed. Thanks a lot!

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