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Prevent script from crashing in case file owner cannot be determined


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this function returns the owner name of file objects, and in case there is some issue in accessing the file, it's crashing the whole script.

How to modify the script, so that it will not crash in case $oWMIService.Get() is failing? I mean to "catch" in case this should fail and to skip the file?



ConsoleWrite('@@ Debug(' & @ScriptLineNumber & ') : $Owner = ' & $Owner & @CRLF & '>Error code: ' & @error & @CRLF) ;### Debug Console

Func GetOwner($FsObject)
    Local $objSD
    $oWMIService = ObjGet("winmgmts:")
    ; the next line is the one that crashed the script:
    $oFolderSecuritySettings = $oWMIService.Get("Win32_LogicalFileSecuritySetting='" & $FsObject & "'")
    $intRetVal = $oFolderSecuritySettings.GetSecurityDescriptor($objSD)
    If $intRetVal = 0 Then
        Return $objSD.Owner.Name
        Return "Cant-get-user-name"
EndFunc   ;==>GetOwner


I'm basically not really sure, what happend to these three image files to end up in this behavior:


  • As local Administrator of that file server I was unable to see the SID settings / Ownership of that file
  • "Take ownership" didn't work using Windows Explorer --> file properties --> tab Security (no permissions)
  • Same when using Helge Klein's SETACL.EXE, even when runned as "SYSTEM" (psexec -sid cmd)


Finally it turned out, that there was hanging around an opened SMB Network File Handle blocking the file that funny way. Forcibly closing these network file handles solved the issue.


One approach I could think of would be to try if I can open the file first, but to catch the failure of $oWMIService.Get() propably is the safe way?


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you need a COM error handler, see for example UEZ's example here or look in Helpfile under "ObjEvent" or "COM reference".

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@RTFC thanks for pointing out the com error handler example https://www.autoitscript.com/forum/topic/135809-help-with-wmi-and-objects/?do=findComment&comment=948835 by @UEZ


As I currently do not have such a problem file at hand I cannot really test how to use it.


I guess, that this part has to to to the beginning of my script ,

Global $oErrorHandler = ObjEvent("AutoIt.Error", "ObjErrorHandler")

... and the rest will need several adjustments around the postition in my script, where I expect an COM error could be thrown?

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