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THis is my fist day using AutoIt and it is GREAT!! I am wrinting a simple script to run an old dos program. All is working well, except I do not know how, if it is possible, to read the active screen and parse the information read. Any suggestions?



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Welcome to the forum.

It really depends on the program. Some are more like a command prompt. Others use graphic interfaces that are hard to read via AutoIt. Here is a sample code to try if your DOS app is more like a cmd window:

;open a hidden 'DOS' window and 'dir' root
$PID = Run(@ComSpec & " /c " & 'dir c:\ /A:H', "", @SW_HIDE, 2)
$Out = ""

While 1
    ;read one line from 'DOS' window
    $line = StdoutRead($PID)
    ;exit this loop if it is the last line from that window
    If @error Then ExitLoop
    ;look for a string in the current line
    If StringInStr($line, "boot.ini") Then MsgBox(0, "", "Found boot.ini")
    ;concatenate all line into one variable
    $Out &= $line

MsgBox(0, "", $Out)


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