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Program Idle Detection & Action?

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Hey everybody,

I just recently (within the past week) came across AutoIt and started playing with it and I gotta say I love it. It has helped me create workaround scripts for certain problems I've been facing for months.

Anyways, on to the question at hand:

Is there any possible way to create a script that runs in the background and monitors a specific program for Idle time?

Reason being is I run this older program that fetches data from a vendor by a dial-up connection (I know, "Eek!" right?).

But every so often, the program will "freeze" or stop communicating, and I have to initiate a Ctrl+Alt+Delete, End Task, Re-Launch program to fix it until the next time it happens. Unfortunately the programmer who created it passed away a couple years ago, so just getting an updated version would really work.

Now when the program idles or stops, it does it at the same spot each time (there is a readout box displaying its activity).

For example, a successful information transaction would look like this:








When it idles or freezes, it stops at that ATDT line. So I want to know if there is a way to make an AutoIt script detect when the program is idle at that line without any further data for... say 20 seconds. If it detects as true, then it will auto-initiate that Ctrl+Alt+Delete sequence I mentioned, and then go back to waiting in the background for the next occurrence. If it does detect activity or further information (the CONNECT 1200 and below), it won't do anything except continuing to wait in the background.

Is this feasible? If so, any way you could instruct me on this? I appreciate it. Thanks!

- AP

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yes it should be possible.

Have a look at while 1 wend as the main loop.

Processclose for ending your program

Run for starting it again

Function _ProcessGetPriority(_ProcessGetPriority )


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You said that if that program freezes it stops at that line. So make autoit check for that in an endless while 1 wend loop and make IF that readoutbox isnt showing progress THEN do what Xenobiologist is said (kill it and start it again)

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Thanks guys for the suggestions. Apparently we're putting this machine out of commission and replacing the program with a new vendor now, so I guess the script isn't really needed.

But, I'm still curious on learning the process of doing this. Being I'm still new to AutoIt, I'm still not certain on how to do what you suggest. Any chance you can do a markup of what may need to be done? Or be able to point me to a detailed "Learning AutoIt" guide so that I can brief myself on the different functionalities?


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