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i'm still learning autoit, can anyone help me with my script?  so basically i want to press f5 refresh my chrome browser every 3mins without ruining the loop of my script.

something like this


 

HotKeySet ("{HOME}", "Main")
HotKeySet ("{END}", "_Exit")

global $timer = 0

While 1
    Sleep(200)

WEnd



Func Main()
While 1

if $timer = 180000 then

send ("{f5}") ;refresh button

sleep(500)

global $timer = 0 ;reset timer to 0

else

  ;--my main script

   Mouseclick ("primary", 950,125,1,1)
   sleep(200)
    Mouseclick ("primary", 366,298,1,1)
    Sleep(2500)
    Mouseclick ("primary", 28,97,1,2)
   sleep(200)
   Mouseclick ("primary", 44,239,1,2)
   sleep(200)
    call ("showProfile")
    

Endif

Wend

Endfunc



Func _Exit()
Exit
EndFunc

 

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@wolfsnow11

Take a look at TimerInit() and TimerDiff() functions in the Help file.

Basically, TimerInit() "starts" counting, and TimerDiff(), from a given Timer handle (returned by TimerInit() function), returns the difference in milliseconds from when TimerInit() has been called.

Just take a look at them in the Help file; there are examples too :)


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Without seeing significantly more of your code, it is a bit hard to advise you beyond what @FrancescoDiMuro said.

You may or may not need to use the Timer functions, depending on how your code might be Looping ... so you might get away with a simple Sleep for 3 minutes ... though probably unlikely, especially if you have lots going on code wise.

Something else you will probably need to use is WinActivate, just prior each time, to ensure your browser window gets the refresh command.

And you will want a Hotkey somewhere in that loop to escape/exit .... or maybe better still, use the _IsPressed command.

It might help to know why you want your browser refreshed so often, as there may be a much better way to do things?


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5 minutes ago, TheSaint said:

or maybe better still, use the _IsPressed command. 

I don't agree that it is better... much better if you use a global variable which can act as an indicator which you can check in every iteration of the loop. Use a function with HotKeySet and when pressed, activate the indicator by changing the global variable's value (can be a simple boolean like True) and the loop will exit the next time it checks the variable... much efficient than calling _IsPressed everytime.

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I kind of like the asynchronous aspect of the WinAPI timer personally

from the help file..

#include <Misc.au3>
#include <WinAPISys.au3>

Opt('TrayAutoPause', 0)

Local $hTimerProc = DllCallbackRegister('_TimerProc', 'none', 'hwnd;uint;uint_ptr;dword')
Global $g_iCount = 0

Local $iTimerID = _WinAPI_SetTimer(0, 0, 1000 * 60 * 3, DllCallbackGetPtr($hTimerProc))

Do
    Sleep(100)
Until _IsPressed('1B') ;ESC key..

_WinAPI_KillTimer(0, $iTimerID)
DllCallbackFree($hTimerProc)

Func _TimerProc($hWnd, $iMsg, $iTimerID, $iTime)
    #forceref $hWnd, $iMsg, $iTimerId, $iTime
    send ("{f5}") ;refresh button
    ConsoleWrite($g_iCount & @CRLF)
    $g_iCount += 1
EndFunc   ;==>_TimerProc

 

Edited by Bilgus

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AdlibRegister() is perfect for the job.


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2 hours ago, jchd said:

AdlibRegister() is perfect for the job.

will this gonna work? 

 

HotKeySet ("{HOME}", "Main")
HotKeySet ("{END}", "_Exit")

global $timer = 0

AdlibRegister("refresh", 1800000) ;30mins

While 1
    Sleep(200)
WEnd



Func refresh()
global $timer = 1
endfunc


Func Main()
While 1

if $timer = 1 then

send ("{f5}") ;refresh button

sleep(500)

global $timer = 0 ;reset timer to 0

else

  ;--my main script

   Mouseclick ("primary", 950,125,1,1)
   sleep(200)
    Mouseclick ("primary", 366,298,1,1)
    Sleep(2500)
    Mouseclick ("primary", 28,97,1,2)
   sleep(200)
   Mouseclick ("primary", 44,239,1,2)
   sleep(200)
    call ("showProfile")
    

Endif

Wend

Endfunc



Func _Exit()
Exit
EndFunc

 

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Don't redeclare the $timer variable, just set its value. Also don't use Global inside functions. Also, no where in your code are you changing the initial value of $timer so you aren't using it anywhere to time anything, at least in what you posted. 


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4 hours ago, BrewManNH said:

Don't redeclare the $timer variable, just set its value. Also don't use Global inside functions. Also, no where in your code are you changing the initial value of $timer so you aren't using it anywhere to time anything, at least in what you posted. 

how can i do that? can you pls make example thank you

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You'll have to be much more specific as to what you want. How can you do what?


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31 minutes ago, BrewManNH said:

You'll have to be much more specific as to what you want. How can you do what?

how about this? will this work?

HotKeySet ("{HOME}", "Main")
HotKeySet ("{END}", "_Exit")

global $timer = false

AdlibRegister("refresh", 1800000) ;30mins

While 1
    Sleep(200)
WEnd



Func refresh()
$timer = true
endfunc


Func Main()
While 1

if $timer = true then

send ("{f5}") ;refresh button

sleep(500)

$timer = false ;reset timer 

else

  ;--my main script

   Mouseclick ("primary", 950,125,1,1)
   sleep(200)
    Mouseclick ("primary", 366,298,1,1)
    Sleep(2500)
    Mouseclick ("primary", 28,97,1,2)
   sleep(200)
   Mouseclick ("primary", 44,239,1,2)
   sleep(200)
    call ("showProfile")
    

Endif

Wend

Endfunc



Func _Exit()
Exit
EndFunc

 

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What about stopping asking for solutions and checking code and first explaining what it is you want to accomplish, else simply use a sledgehammer. ;) 
..other than that the shown code is flawed, but we get to that when you have told us more information and provide runable code.

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18 hours ago, TheDcoder said:

I don't agree that it is better... much better if you use a global variable which can act as an indicator which you can check in every iteration of the loop. Use a function with HotKeySet and when pressed, activate the indicator by changing the global variable's value (can be a simple boolean like True) and the loop will exit the next time it checks the variable... much efficient than calling _IsPressed everytime.

I am not saying you are wrong, just that you need to consider the skill level of the OP .... where often easiest is best, until they know better ... coding is a journey you grow into in stages.


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5 hours ago, TheSaint said:

I am not saying you are wrong, just that you need to consider the skill level of the OP .... where often easiest is best, until they know better ... coding is a journey you grow into in stages.

I agree, _IsPressed might make it easier for them to understand it... however a simple example can go a long way:

HotKeySet("^b", StopLoop)

Global $bLoopActive = True

While True
    ; This is your loop that you want to exit
    Sleep(10) ; I am using the Sleep function as an example for the work that you want to do in a loop
    ; At the end of the loop, you can check if the loop has been stopped by the hotkey
    If Not $bLoopActive Then ExitLoop
WEnd

Func StopLoop()
    $bLoopActive = False
EndFunc

I wrote the above code in my browser and I did not test it, so please forgive any mistakes that I made in the example and correct them :)

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