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Hi all,

Still learning AutoIt, can anyone recommend how i can do the following:

Continuously search for a .txt file in a designated directory

The search will continue indefinatley until the user closes the program or the file is found

If file found open file and read 1st line of txt file

close file

end program

Ive been looking at using the "read first line" function but having difficulty with the syntax format. The example is not (in my opinion) noob friendly.

Any help appreciated


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Ive been looking at using the "read first line" function

Are you speaking about FileReadLine? :huh:

If so, then the default is to read the first line, so a simple:

will do what you want. ;)

As to detecting the file in the first place, I suggest FileExists in an infinite loop with a suitable Sleep to prevent the CPU overheating - ExitLoop will get you out of the loop once the file has been found and read. See how you get on with that and come back if you run into problems. :)


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Hi Andy2k14

I'm in a great mood today so here is some of my code but use it to learn and modify it as you wish.

Dim $file, $match, $openfile, $readline ;declaration

$file = "c:\temp\file.txt"; file path and name

While 1
    $match = FileFindFirstFile($file);check if file exists
    if $match = -1 Then exiterror();ops... is not there
    $openfile = FileOpen($file, 0) ; opening in read mode
    If $openfile = -1 Then MsgBox(16, "Error", "Error opening file");what is happening with this file... i'll have to check it!
    $readline = FileReadLine($file, 1) ; read 1st line
        Case @error = 1;check help in autoit
            MsgBox(16, "Error", "File not open in read mode");File read failed due open file
        Case @error = -1;check help in autoit
            MsgBox(48, "Error", "File is empty");File read failed due no data in file
    exitnoerror();everything went well let's exit with sucess
sleep (50)

Func exiterror()
    MsgBox(16, "Search File", "file " & $file & " not found"); file not found, here you can choose to continue loop or not
    Exit;exiting script
EndFunc   ;==>exiterror

Func exitnoerror()
    MsgBox(64, "Search File", "file " & $file & " found" & @CRLF & "Text : " & $readline) ; text of the 1st line here
EndFunc   ;==>exitnoerror


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you simply could do something like this:

Global $fExit= False

HotKeySet("{ESC}", "_Exit")

Local $sFileData=""
Until Not @error or $fExit

Func _Exit()


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