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Adding files to compiled Autoit exe's

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Is there a way to add files to Autoit before compiling it? ie, let's say i need to overwrite/copy files to a directory...Instead of telling Autoit to find the files and copy it to lets say X directory, I want it to copy files ( that's already enbedded in Autoit ) to a certain directory...What i'm trying to say is, i know in Winrar a person can create a sort off "stand alone" archive with embedded files within...

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from help file

FileInstall 
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Include and install a file with the compiled script.

FileInstall ( "source", "dest" [, flag] )

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from help file

FileInstall 
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Include and install a file with the compiled script.

FileInstall ( "source", "dest" [, flag] )
Thanks bogQ...will check it out :)

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#4 ·  Posted (edited)

Mmm..Something wrong here i think. I've added this to my Autoit script ---->FileInstall("C:\NTDETECT.COM", "D:\NTDETECT.COM")<---

...but i get this error ----> "Input file is UTF8 encoded with BOM, Au3Check does not support UNICODE and will be skipped."

What i'm basicly trying to do is compile a utility to fix NTLDR-errors ( one of them though )

Here is my script :

FileInstall("C:\NTDETECT.COM", "D:\NTDETECT.COM")

$VAL1 = ":\"

$RETVAL = MsgBox(4, "Fix NTLDR", "Fix NTLDR-Error?")

If $RETVAL = 6 Then

$VALUE = InputBox("Drive", "Please Enter Root Drive...ie C or D or E", "", " M1")

If $VALUE = @error = 0 Then

MsgBox(0, "Fix NTLDR", "Aborted...")

Else

FileCopy("NTDETECT.COM", $VALUE & $VAL1, 1)

FileCopy("ntldr", $VALUE & $VAL1, 1)

MsgBox(0, "Done!", "Ntdetect.com and ntldr copied to root!")

EndIf

Else

MsgBox(0, "Fix NTLDR", "Aborted...")

EndIf

Where the hell am i making the balls-up...Its the first time im using "fileinstall"

Edited by Robin

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Robin,

Some help on the FileInstall function part.

Your code at the moment loads NTDETECT.COM from your C:\ root folder when compiled and then, as soon as the .exe is run, installs it to the D:\ root folder. Your later FileCopy("NTDETECT.COM", ....) will only work if you have a copy of NTDETECT.COM in the current folder - which may not be the D:\ root folder. The same is true for ntldr - where is that to be found? Because you are assuming it to be in the current folder at the moment.

What you want to do is to get both of them into the root folder as given by the user. So you want to use FileInstall later in your script, along these lines:

If MsgBox(4, "Fix NTLDR", "Fix NTLDR-Error?") = 6 Then
    $Root = InputBox("Drive", "Please Enter Root Drive...ie C or D or E", "", " M1")
    If @error <> 0 Or FileExists($Root & ":\") = 0 Then
        MsgBox(0, "Fix NTLDR", "Aborted...")
    Else
        FileInstall("C:\NTDETECT.COM", $Root & ":\NTDETECT.COM", 1)  <<<<< Installs directly to the user specified root
        FileCopy("ntldr", $Root & ":\", 1)                         <<<<< Make sure you specify where ntldr is to be found
        MsgBox(0, "Done!", "Ntdetect.com and ntldr copied to root!")
    EndIf
Else
    MsgBox(0, "Fix NTLDR", "Aborted...")
EndIf

This way you install NTDETECT.COM directly to the root drive as set by the user. Remember that the "source" must be a literal string (so AutoIt knows where to find it at compile time) but the "dest" can be a variable - as it is here.

I have also added a FileExists test to make sure that the user has entered a valid drive - little point in proceeding if there is nowhere to copy to! You might want to add some additional errorchecking to make sure the FileInstall and FileCopy have worked correctly before announcing success. :-)

Cannot help with the Au3Check error, sorry.

M23


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ExtMsgBox --------- A highly customisable replacement for MsgBox
GUIExtender -------- Extend and retract multiple sections within a GUI
GUIFrame ---------- Subdivide GUIs into many adjustable frames
GUIListViewEx ------- Insert, delete, move, drag, sort, edit and colour ListView items
GUITreeViewEx ------ Check/clear parent and child checkboxes in a TreeView
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Robin,

Some help on the FileInstall function part.

Your code at the moment loads NTDETECT.COM from your C:\ root folder when compiled and then, as soon as the .exe is run, installs it to the D:\ root folder. Your later FileCopy("NTDETECT.COM", ....) will only work if you have a copy of NTDETECT.COM in the current folder - which may not be the D:\ root folder. The same is true for ntldr - where is that to be found? Because you are assuming it to be in the current folder at the moment.

What you want to do is to get both of them into the root folder as given by the user. So you want to use FileInstall later in your script, along these lines:

If MsgBox(4, "Fix NTLDR", "Fix NTLDR-Error?") = 6 Then
    $Root = InputBox("Drive", "Please Enter Root Drive...ie C or D or E", "", " M1")
    If @error <> 0 Or FileExists($Root & ":\") = 0 Then
        MsgBox(0, "Fix NTLDR", "Aborted...")
    Else
        FileInstall("C:\NTDETECT.COM", $Root & ":\NTDETECT.COM", 1)  <<<<< Installs directly to the user specified root
        FileCopy("ntldr", $Root & ":\", 1)                         <<<<< Make sure you specify where ntldr is to be found
        MsgBox(0, "Done!", "Ntdetect.com and ntldr copied to root!")
    EndIf
Else
    MsgBox(0, "Fix NTLDR", "Aborted...")
EndIf

This way you install NTDETECT.COM directly to the root drive as set by the user. Remember that the "source" must be a literal string (so AutoIt knows where to find it at compile time) but the "dest" can be a variable - as it is here.

I have also added a FileExists test to make sure that the user has entered a valid drive - little point in proceeding if there is nowhere to copy to! You might want to add some additional errorchecking to make sure the FileInstall and FileCopy have worked correctly before announcing success. :-)

Cannot help with the Au3Check error, sorry.

M23

100% correct...At the moment i have my ntldr and ntdetect in the same folder as my script file...Ive tested it and it works 100% ( the person just have to enter which drive they want to copy it to..ie lets say i add this to my BartPE disk ).

My prob is adding the 2 files(ntldr and ntdetect) WITHIN the compiled script...( i've never worked with or used "Fileinstall" before ). I usely just used Winrar by adding the 2 files including my compiled script and then just ran it from a TEMP directory...

Does this "Fileinstall ADD these 2 files to the script, or are they still stand-alone files?

(sorry for this stupid question, just trying to get my facts right) :-)

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Robin,

The only really stupid questions are the ones you never ask!

Now I understand a bit better, I see you need 2 FileInstall lines - for both NTDETECT.COM and ntldr.

FileInstall stores a copy of the file to install inside the compiled .exe and then installs it into the folder you ask it to. So there is only the ONE compiled .exe file - the other files are hidden inside until the code asks for them to be installed. That is why I put the FileInstall call after the user had defined his root drive.

So you need to have:

Else
        FileInstall("NTDETECT.COM", $Root & ":\NTDETECT.COM", 1)
        FileInstall("ntldr", $Root & ":\ntdlr", 1)
        MsgBox(0, "Done!", "Ntdetect.com and ntldr copied to root!")
    EndIf

FileInstall will find the 2 files in same folder as the script (as you have stated), add them to the .exe at compile time, and then install them into the user's root drive when the .exe is run. To reinforce the point - you do NOT need to do anything else with the standalone files - copies are stored within the compiled AutoIt .exe thanks to FileInstall. All you have to get onto the other machine is the Autoit .exe itself.

Is that clear? Ask again if not.

M23


Any of my own code posted anywhere on the forum is available for use by others without any restriction of any kind._______My UDFs:

Spoiler

ArrayMultiColSort ---- Sort arrays on multiple columns
ChooseFileFolder ---- Single and multiple selections from specified path treeview listing
Date_Time_Convert -- Easily convert date/time formats, including the language used
ExtMsgBox --------- A highly customisable replacement for MsgBox
GUIExtender -------- Extend and retract multiple sections within a GUI
GUIFrame ---------- Subdivide GUIs into many adjustable frames
GUIListViewEx ------- Insert, delete, move, drag, sort, edit and colour ListView items
GUITreeViewEx ------ Check/clear parent and child checkboxes in a TreeView
Marquee ----------- Scrolling tickertape GUIs
NoFocusLines ------- Remove the dotted focus lines from buttons, sliders, radios and checkboxes
Notify ------------- Small notifications on the edge of the display
Scrollbars ----------Automatically sized scrollbars with a single command
StringSize ---------- Automatically size controls to fit text
Toast -------------- Small GUIs which pop out of the notification area

 

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#8 ·  Posted (edited)

Robin,

The only really stupid questions are the ones you never ask!

Now I understand a bit better, I see you need 2 FileInstall lines - for both NTDETECT.COM and ntldr.

FileInstall stores a copy of the file to install inside the compiled .exe and then installs it into the folder you ask it to. So there is only the ONE compiled .exe file - the other files are hidden inside until the code asks for them to be installed. That is why I put the FileInstall call after the user had defined his root drive.

So you need to have:

Else
        FileInstall("NTDETECT.COM", $Root & ":\NTDETECT.COM", 1)
        FileInstall("ntldr", $Root & ":\ntdlr", 1)
        MsgBox(0, "Done!", "Ntdetect.com and ntldr copied to root!")
    EndIf

FileInstall will find the 2 files in same folder as the script (as you have stated), add them to the .exe at compile time, and then install them into the user's root drive when the .exe is run. To reinforce the point - you do NOT need to do anything else with the standalone files - copies are stored within the compiled AutoIt .exe thanks to FileInstall. All you have to get onto the other machine is the Autoit .exe itself.

Is that clear? Ask again if not.

M23

Eish man, youre my HERO!..Ive tried it and it works. Basicly ive just chamged my "filecopy" to "Fileinstall" and WHALLA!

Thx Melba23...That's exactly what i wanted to know :)

PS: Ive erased the first line (in my script) as it was totaly wrong...lol

Edited by Robin

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