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Hi guys,
Absolutely new to any and all scripting and am having a bit of trouble wrapping my mind around it all.  I've successfully followed the tutorials, but when it comes to branching out from there, it all just goes straight over my head and I've been unsuccessfully trying to read the manual/forum posts/etc.
I was lead to AutoIt based on a Google search for finding a way to automatically update a text-file (or it's filename) with the current date and time.  I want this to be opened once every half hour so that this text file is updated with the current date.  However, I'm having a bit of trouble with making the executable close itself once the script has run.  This basically means that the script can only be run once, as opposed to the every half hour I require.
My script is most likely to be extremely simple (and I'm sure there's probably better ways to do things), but still learning.

I've tried putting 'Exit' at the end of it, but that did nothing to close the executable.

#include <FileConstants.au3>
#include <MsgBoxConstants.au3>

; Place at the top of your script
; $g_szVersion = "Office.exe"
; If WinExists($g_szVersion) Then Exit ; It's already running
; AutoItWinSetTitle($g_szVersion)
; Rest of your script goes here

Local Const $sFilePath = "C:\Users\Moorabbin KUB\Google Drive\Google Drive Checks\Office.txt"

Local $hFileOpen = FileOpen($sFilePath, $FO_OVERWRITE)

Send("Today's time/date is {F5}")

WinClose("Office - Notepad")

WinWaitActive("Notepad", "Save")




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Are you trying to just write to a file every 30 minutes?

If so, there's no need for Win* anything.

But your FileOpen() function does open a "New" file (deleting the old one) every time it is ran.

You might look at something so simple as:

Global $sFilePath = "Drive:\Path\To\File\File.extension"
FileWrite($sFilePath, @Hour & ":" & @Min & ":" & @Sec & @CRLF)


Those two lines may be all you need, compile, then run with a scheduler...

Common sense plays a role in the basics of understanding AutoIt... If you're lacking in that, do us all a favor, and step away from the computer.

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SmOke_N no doubt has the right of it, but for your education, this is what is happening with your code.

You are using FileOpen, when for your later commands, the Run command would have been needed.

With FileOpen, you also need to use FileWrite or FileWriteLine, and then close with FileClose.

With Run, you could use the Send command as you've done, providing the Notepad window is active.

With Run, your WinClose and WinWaitActive would be appropriate, but as it stands, WinClose has nothing to close, and WinWaitActive waits for something that is never going to happen, which is why your executable never closes.

P.S. With FileOpen, you can consider that as opening your text file secretly, as nothing appears or is shown. It is a hidden process, and needs the appropriate commands to work with the handle ($hFileOpen).


You might benefit from looking at the _FileWriteLog command, which doesn't require any other command to send date and time to a text file.

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