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How Can I Determine How Long It Takes a Script to Run?
How Can I Determine How Long It Takes a Script to Run?
Hey, Scripting Guy! Is there a good way to time how long it takes for a script to run? -- BN, Montreal, Canada Hey, BN. Probably the easiest way to do this is to let the script time itself. To accomplish that feat, set the first line of the script to this: This code simply sets the value of the variable dtmStart to the current date and time...
How Can I Save Output to a Text File?
How Can I Save Output to a Text File?
Hey, Scripting Guy! Is there an easy way to save my script output to a text file rather than displaying it on screen? -- KP, Ogden, UT Hey, KP. If you always want your script to save data to a text file rather than display it on screen, then you’re probably better off using the FileSystemObject and its file-writing capabilities. However, it...
How Can I Give a User a Yes/No Prompt?
How Can I Give a User a Yes/No Prompt?
Hey, Scripting Guy! I have a script which performs some file management tasks, and then should ask the user whether or not they want to delete a set of files. How do I ask a user a Yes or No question like this? -- SE, Casper, WY Hey, SE. There are a couple different ways that you can do this, but because you’re dealing with users the best ...
Can I Copy Script Output to the Clipboard?
Can I Copy Script Output to the Clipboard?
Hey, Scripting Guy! Is there any way to have my script output copied to the Clipboard? -- ZW, Marseilles, France Hey, ZW. Well, as long as you don’t mind crazy work-arounds then, yes, it’s actually pretty easy to copy script output to the Clipboard. To start with, you need to construct a string that contains the desired output. ...
Can I Read a Text File From the Bottom Up?
Can I Read a Text File From the Bottom Up?
Hey, Scripting Guy! I have a log file in which new data is appended to the bottom of the file; that means the most recent entries are at the end of the file. I’d like to be able to read the file starting with the last line and then ending with the first line, but I can’t figure out how to do that.-- MB, Milwaukee, WI Hey, MB. The...