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Is it possible to "poll" the state of a button (while another event handler is running)?

In my concrete case, I have a button which triggers a (possibly lengthy) file search and I would like to provide a way to abort it.

Simply using a "Stop" button does not work as the search executes within an event handler.

Will I have to "unwrap" the search (i.e., exit the event handler as soon as possible, allowing other event handlers to execute, and run the search step-by-step between two GetMsg invocations) or is there a simpler way? Unwrapping the search would require some code reorganization which I would like to avoid...

Thanks in advance for any help!

Andreas Rozek

Edited by Rozek

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Maybe using an adlib function would serve your purpose? (One that changes some global parameter which you check from the search code.) Or a checkbox or something else you can easily check the state of in the search code so that you don't have to catch the actual input any more...

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my question might not have been precise enough...what I would like to know is:

how do I find out that a given button has been pressed (if I can't do ordinary event processing using GUIGetMsg)?

Within my file search loop, it is quite easy to check the button's state at regular intervals (thus, adlib functionality is not needed) but I don't know how to retrieve that state information.

Right now, I make sure, that the button does not have the keyboard focus at the beginning of the loop and check the focused control later - as soon as my StopButton get's the focus, the loop is aborted. This approach is nothing but a poor hack, however, it works...

Is there a better approach?

Andreas Rozek

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I suggest catching WM_COMMAND message (a button sends BN_CLICKED notification to the window when pressed).


Global Const $WM_COMMAND = 0x0111
Global Const $BN_CLICKED = 0
Global $stop = False

$gui = GUICreate("", 200, 200)
$btn_start = GUICtrlCreateButton("Start", 50, 50, 100, 50)
$btn_stop = GUICtrlCreateButton("Stop", 50, 100, 100, 50)
$label = GUICtrlCreateLabel("", 50, 10, 100, 20)


While 1
    Switch GUIGetMsg()
        Case $GUI_EVENT_CLOSE
        Case $btn_start

Func work()
    $stop = False
    While 1
    GUICtrlSetData($label, "Working... "&@MIN&":"&@SEC)
    If $stop Then ExitLoop
    GUICtrlSetData($label, "")
Func MY_WM_COMMAND($hWnd, $Msg, $wParam, $lParam)
    $nNotifyCode    = BitShift($wParam, 16)
    $nID            = BitAnd($wParam, 0x0000FFFF)
    If $nID = $btn_stop And $nNotifyCode = $BN_CLICKED Then $stop = True
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