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AutoIt Window Info crashing app

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newbie - just started experimenting with AutoIt yesterday. I was getting pretty excited about it, then ran into this problem. App in question is a fat client GUI written in VB6, running on a win2003 server. I'm trying to use the window info utility to identify controls. When I try to use it on some of the screens in the app, after a brief pause the app unceremoniously shuts down (window info app does not). The Application event log shows an application error and a Dr Watson entry - app error entry says "faulting module is msvcrt.dll" and the Dr Watson entry indicates exception error c0000005 at (msvcrt!strncpy).

This app's screens are pretty busy - there is a lot of dynamic info on it, some using an older version of the FarPoint spread control (spr32x30.ocx). Overall, what I'm trying to accomplish is automating input of test data into a clean install of an account management package, using the application GUI.

If I can't get control info for particular screens using the window info utility, is there some other way that I can find it? I tried WinGetClassList and it returns info (so much that the window used to display it won't fit on a 2360x1770 display), but I haven't been able to figure out how to make use of it.

Thanks!

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Had the exact same problem with a legacy app written in C++ using Far Point Spread Controls. Try using the ANSI version of the Window Info tool. It is located in the same folder as the Unicode version.

Zach...

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Zach - thanks! The ANSI version is handling it OK.

Related question - were you able to identify a way to identify cells within the spread control form and read their content?

Appreciate the help!

Mike

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Zach - thanks! The ANSI version is handling it OK.

Related question - were you able to identify a way to identify cells within the spread control form and read their content?

Appreciate the help!

Mike

Unfortunately, I was not able to obtain the cell contents using any direct window messages. My persistence paid off when I discovered that the app I was testing would populate the clipboard when I pressed CTRL-F9 (afer CTRL-C/V had failed ).

Couple follow-up questions: Is the app still in development? Do you have the ability to ask some developers if they can implement some king of logging, or ways to obtain the data differently? Does the control implement Active Accessibility?

Zach...

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Bummer. Hope the clipbaord trick works out for me, too. The app in question is still in maintenance, but they'd be more apt to invest the developer hours into a rewrite (and that wouldn't hurt my feelings a bit - the base app has been out there for 8 years).

Mike

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