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What would be the best way to break out of a loop? I currently have a Do Until. While that works, I know in the future it will hang because a description has changed so it will run forever. Can I put a time limit on it? I've tried a While and using For..Next. Problem here is, I use an If Winexists then and do my next processing. When it returns, it continues with the send until it reached the max which causes issues. Here is a portion of the script. Thanks for any advice you may give.

; This script will read the account number from a file

; and assign the collector code via the Collection Utility MPF Mass Perm Assign/Unassign .



; ===================================================================================================


initialsetup ( )

getvariables ( )

processfile ( )

endprocess ( )

Func initialsetup ( )

$readcounter = 1

readinputfile ( )

getvariables ( )

$GUI = 'C:\Program Files\Quadramed\Affinity\G_M5\AffinityGUI.exe /inifile=c:\program files\QuadraMed\Affinity\G_M5\AISParm.ini'

Run ( $GUI )

WinActivate ( 'Destination' )

WinWaitActive ( 'Destination' )

Func processfile ( )

WinActivate ( 'Affinity [dcopy]' )

WinWaitActive ( 'Affinity [dcopy]' )

; for $__n1_ = 0 to 0 step 0

Send ( '{ENTER}' )

Sleep ( 400 )

coll1 ( )

coll2 ( )

coll3 ( )

coll4 ( )

coll5 ( )

coll6 ( )

coll7 ( )

coll8 ( )

coll9 ( )

coll10 ( )

coll11 ( )

coll12 ( )

coll13 ( )

coll14 ( )

coll15 ( )

; coll16 ( )

EndFunc ; processfile ( )

Func coll1 ( )


WinActivate ( 'MPF Mass Perm' )

WinWaitActive ( 'MPF Mass Perm' )

Sleep ( 500 )



Sleep ( 500 )

Send ( $FILE & @YEAR & @MON & @MDAY, 1 )

Sleep ( 300 )

Send ( '{ENTER}' )

WinWaitActive ( 'Collector /' )


Send ( 'O' )

Until WinExists ("Collector / Perm Flag ", "OUTSOURCE RCS INS")

Sleep ( 400 )

Send ( '{TAB}' )

Sleep ( 200 )

Send ( '{Space}' )

Sleep ( 200 )

Send ( '{TAB}' )

Sleep ( 200 )

Send ( '{Enter}' )

Sleep ( 500 )

WinWaitActive ( 'Affinity' )

WinActivate ( 'CollectorUtilDone' )

WinWaitActive ( 'CollectorUtilDone' )



Send ( $FILE & @YEAR & @MON & @MDAY, 1 )

Send ( '{ENTER}' )


EndFunc ; coll1

Each coll function does the same basic sends.

Func errorwindow ( )

$__msgbox = MsgBox ( 0, 'AutoIt', 'Expected Window not there!' )


EndFunc ; errorwindow


Func readinputfile ( )



; if $eofindicator = EOF then

; endprocess ( )

; endif


EndFunc ; readinputfile

Func getvariables ( )



; $readcounter = $readcounter + 1


EndFunc ; getvariables

Func endprocess ( )

WinActivate ( 'CollectorUtilDone' )

WinWaitActive ( 'CollectorUtilDone' )

Send ( '^s' )

Sleep ( 500 )

WinClose ( 'CollectorUtilDone' )

WinWaitClose ( 'CollectorUtilDone' )

FileCopy ( 'c:\temp\CollectorUtilDone.txt', 'c:\temp\CollectorUtilDone.' & @YEAR & @MON & @MDAY & '.txt', 1 )

WinActivate ( 'Affinity' )

WinWaitActive ( 'Affinity' )

Send ( '{ALT}F' )

Sleep ( 500 )

Send ( 'x' )

Sleep ( 300 )

Send ( '{ENTER}' )


EndFunc ; endprocess



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What would be the best way to break out of a loop? I currently have a Do Until. While that works, I know in the future it will hang because a description has changed so it will run forever. Can I put a time limit on it?

You can check some condition inside the loop which could be a time period or anything else. You can also add more conditions after the Until. Then if the condition exists that means you want to get out of the loop use ExitLoop.


$tin = TimerInit()
  if WinExists("Black Hole") then ExitLoop

  If TimerDiff($tin) > 100000 then ExitLoop
until $stopdition Or $numbox > 5

BTW, it's easier to read your posted script if you tidy it in SciTE, assuming you use SciTE, and enclose it in code tags. Like this

(except that I've added spaces between every character so that you can see what I'm writing.)

[ c o d e ]


[ / c o d e ]

Serial port communications UDF Includes functions for binary transmission and reception.printing UDF Useful for graphs, forms, labels, reports etc.Add User Call Tips to SciTE for functions in UDFs not included with AutoIt and for your own scripts.Functions with parameters in OnEvent mode and for Hot Keys One function replaces GuiSetOnEvent, GuiCtrlSetOnEvent and HotKeySet.UDF IsConnected2 for notification of status of connected state of many urls or IPs, without slowing the script.

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