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Overcomming Spaces In Long File Names

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Hey all

I am a new user to Autoit, I have used it in the past about two years ago but it was only for a short time.

I have started making a GUI, its mainly for launching document templates and remote connections to client machines....

I found that I was having a lot of trouble with spaces in long filenames on network drives and after a number of hours of messing about :nuke: (which included 20 - 30 smokes :D and even more curse words :mad: ), I found a solution :idea: that appears to work :lol: .

Example (These are arbitrary paths only)

Problem Path: L:\Unit Folder\Unit Development\Template.dot

Solution : L:\unitfo~1\Unitde~1\Template.dot

I would like to know if my approach is going to cause unforseen problems. :)

Also can I have your opinions on the best tutorial to read, I am quite competent (Not an Expert) with VBA, Dos Scripting and a little C++. I have always found it difficult retain information by studying and have learnt most of what I know by setting myself a project and figuring out how to do it. (yeah I am one of those ppl who reads the manual only after the IKEA bed ends up looking like a cupboard :P )

So thanks in advance

Later

Mussie

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Example (These are arbitrary paths only)

Problem Path: L:\Unit Folder\Unit Development\Template.dot

Solution : L:\unitfo~1\Unitde~1\Template.dot

I would like to know if my approach is going to cause unforseen problems. :P

Yes to problems, as you have dreamed up a 8.3 fullpath.

Try this test

; create folders
DirCreate(@ScriptDir & '\Unit Folder test1')
DirCreate(@ScriptDir & '\Unit Folder test2')
; get 8.3 fullpath
$result = FileGetShortName(@ScriptDir & '\Unit Folder test2')
MsgBox(0, '', $result)
; remove folders
DirRemove(@ScriptDir & '\Unit Folder test1')
DirRemove(@ScriptDir & '\Unit Folder test2')
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Take care if you use the Start command with @ComSpec as the 1st set of double quotes can be used for the title, so would perhaps risk using FileGetShortName() for that.

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In relation to the test you suggested:

My actual development directory contained two folders with similar names so to ensure I was accessing the correct folder I used the dos command dir /x to display the correct 8.3 filenames. But I think I can see where your coming from, i.e. what happens if I have two folders with similar names and one is deleted at a later date...

In relation to Using Quotes

I was getting the error you mentioned where my path was being used as the title for the DOS window and I also kept getting the cannot execute external program error.

I have copied your line and used my path and of course its working fine. :P

I must have used incorrect syntax somewhere ..... ? :nuke:

Out of curiosity

When you said but if it fails, then it returns the full path which could be disastrous if using it with an interpreter like @ComSpec. could you give me an example of the sort of result you mean.

Thanks for the response MHZ :)

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#4 ·  Posted (edited)

Here is one attempt at making it fail on purpose. I'm using a non existant path to make it fail easy.

; create folders
DirCreate(@ScriptDir & '\Unit Folder test1')
DirCreate(@ScriptDir & '\Unit Folder test2')
; get 8.3 fullpath
$result = FileGetShortName(@ScriptDir & '\Unit Folder test3')
MsgBox(0, '', $result)
MsgBox(0, 'Test', 'Using quotes')
RunWait(@ComSpec & ' /c start /w "' & $result & '"')
MsgBox(0, 'Test', 'Not using quotes')
RunWait(@ComSpec & ' /c start /w ' & $result)
; remove folders
DirRemove(@ScriptDir & '\Unit Folder test1')
DirRemove(@ScriptDir & '\Unit Folder test2')

Edit:

Without quotes you get the nasty popup from windows.

Edit:

Hmm...that is not right after all as the 1st uses $result as the title

Edited by MHz

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This shows an issue as explorer does not like 8.3 paths (and I have noticed before that some other programs dislike it also).

DirCreate(@ScriptDir & '\Unit Folder test1')
DirCreate(@ScriptDir & '\Unit Folder test2')

; Fullpath quoted
MsgBox(0, '', '"' & @ScriptDir & '\Unit Folder test2' & '"', 3)
RunWait(@ComSpec & ' /c explorer "' & @ScriptDir & '\Unit Folder test2' & '"')
Opt('WinTitleMatchMode', 2)
WinWait('Unit Folder test2')
Sleep(2000)
WinClose('Unit Folder test2')

; 8.3 fullpath
$result = FileGetShortName(@ScriptDir & '\Unit Folder test2')
MsgBox(0, '', $result, 3)
RunWait(@ComSpec & ' /c explorer ' & $result)

DirRemove(@ScriptDir & '\Unit Folder test1')
DirRemove(@ScriptDir & '\Unit Folder test2')

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The script

1- creates two folder

2- displays a msgbox with the file path to unit folder 2

3- opens an explorer window to unit folder 2

4- closes the above window

5- displays a msgbox with the 8.3 file path to unit folder 2

6- opens an explorer window to unit folder 2 using the 8.3 path

7- deletes both folders

Sorry MHz but unless I am missing somthing it all appears to run correctly, What am i missing ?

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Sorry MHz but unless I am missing somthing it all appears to run correctly, What am i missing ?

The fullpath works while 8.3 fails here on XP SP2.

---------------------------

Windows Explorer

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C:\Unit Folder test2 refers to a location that is unavailable. It could be on a hard drive on this computer, or on a network. Check to make sure that the disk is properly inserted, or that you are connected to the Internet or your network, and then try again. If it still cannot be located, the information might have been moved to a different location.

---------------------------

OK

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The fullpath works while 8.3 fails here on XP SP2.

Ahh Ok I am on SP-1 here that would explain it...

OS Name         Microsoft Windows XP Professional
Version         5.1.2600 Service Pack 1 Build 2600
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation

Thanks

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