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How can I write a text file that has a length less than 256 using the VB print# statement?
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by:RichardA
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If you use the print# statement VB will only write the text that is specified in the statement.

example

Dim nFile As Integer

nFile = FreeFile

Open App.Path & "\data.txt" For Output As #nFile
Print #nFile, "TEST"
Close #nFile

This should create an output file that ig 6 bytes long (it will have a carridge return/line feed characters entered)

What code are you using that gives 256 char output??
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by:DrMaltz
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Use the LOF to determine how many characters exist in a file..
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by:wsh2
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RichardA:
As you are new here.. unless the answer is obvious and with no other solution.. it is customary to leave a comment, rather than an answer. The fact that you write "What code are you using that gives 256 char output?".. indicates that your answer is not conclusive. Nevertheless, you are correct in your question, as the problem identified by the questioner is quite unclear.. <smile>.

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by:RichardA
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I agree the answer is to obvious.  What code are you using tht puts a 256 char string out??
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private sub CharSave
Dim pathandname As String
dim recordsize as long
dim MyData as variant

  pathandname = App.Path & "\MyData.txt"
  recordsize=256
  MyData = "What you want"

  Open pathandname For Binary Access Write As #99
        Put #99, recordsize, MyData
    Close #99

end sub


put:

Writes data from a variable to a file.

Put [#]filenumber, [recnumber], varname

/filenumber have to be between 1 and 99/

Okay. The recordnumber is a littlebit tricky because it can be a user-type or anything (almost). :)
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by:Psy
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If you must use print, first you have to check (and maybe modify) the writable data's size (fill with spaces etc.).

like:

dim s as string
dim x as long

 s = "String Size is 17"
 x = Len (s)

etc...
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by:wsh2
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Psy:
While your answer is very clear.. (as was RichardA's).. the question certainly is not. In cases like this, it is customary on EE to comment, until the questioner clarifies their intention. As such, please change your answer to a comment.. <smile>.
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by:Psy
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wsh2:

???
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by:csameer1
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try the fileSystemObject for such operations.It is a neat way.

You can search vb help for that

1)you need windows scriping host on the system(is thr by dflt)
2)for now works with text file only,dont try bmp
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