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I am processing sets of files, some of which may be open. I want to skip these files and come back to them.

How can I determine if a file is open by another application?

Thanks in advance for any assistance.

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I am processing sets of files, some of which may be open. I want to skip these files and come back to them.

How can I determine if a file is open by another application?

Thanks in advance for any assistance.

Keep them listed in an array.

Attempt to open for write (append, not overwrite).

- If it fails, skip it.

- If it succeeds, process it and delete it from the array.

Repeat loop until the array is empty.

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I am processing sets of files, some of which may be open. I want to skip these files and come back to them.

How can I determine if a file is open by another application?

Thanks in advance for any assistance.

Pretty much impossible.. I needed it myself and no matter what I tried I couldn' get anything to work in AutoIt, KiXtart or VBS. Asked on several forums and no one had an answer so I gave up on the idea.


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I am still able to open the file for writing, even though the file is open in another application.

For example, I have a document open in Word. I can still open the file for writing with FileOpen("file", 1).

The file will change, so I want to wait for the file to be closed before working with it.

I appreciate the responses. I have searched quite a bit myself and not yet found a solution, but there has to be some way to do it.

Any other thoughts?

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There is an API called IFileIsInUse that appears to help with a GetUsage method, but there is an issue: It appears to be for Vista only, and requires some over-my-head .dll calls.

Maybe some help from the .DLL gurus...?

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Thanks for the responses, I think I have a solution.

PsaltyDS, your link led to a blog article that linked to a SysInternals Utility, Handle.exe, that does exactly what I need.

So the solution will be to run the Handle utility, with the name of the file as a parameter, to determine if any applications have it open.

Handle returns the application name and PID.

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a simple way is to attempt to move it, then move it back. If you can move it, it is available. If you can't, then something is accessing it.

That was my problem. I needed to move the files and If one was in use then the app that had the file open would have to be closed or a a handle to a file released. In one particular case it was my own app that had it open And I could use FileClose($File) all day but it wouldn't release that file.

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