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Hello
Is it possible to get user input by using an Input Box e.g
Does a file exists - my code is as follows ........
puts "The file you are looking for does exist" if File.exist?("c:/Phil.txt")
.... then maybe get a message box to give the answer
I would like to get the user to enter c:/Phil.txt - is this possible and how

Regards
Phil

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by:Geert Bormans
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what do you mean with mesage box?
is this command line, web based or do you envisage to build a gui?
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Command Line
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try something like this

#puts the question
puts "Add a filename here:"

# read a line from the commandline
str1 = STDIN.gets

#test for file existence (write logic yourself)

#echo
puts "#{str1} does exist"
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by:Geert Bormans
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note that you can use the FileTest module for checking the existence of the file

#puts the question
puts "Add a filename here:"

# read a line from the commandline
str1 = STDIN.gets

#test for file existence
flag = FileTest::exists?(str1.strip)
#echo
if flag then
      puts "#{str1.strip} does exist"
else
      puts "#{str1.strip} does NOT exist"
end

cheers

Geert
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by:philsivyer
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Geert
When I run the code it opens a command screen and does not allow me to make an entry.
Phil
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by:Geert Bormans
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try running it in a commandscreen already
ruby mycode.rb
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by:philsivyer
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OK - it does not like it from ScITE - any ideas?

Phil
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by:Geert Bormans
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I wouldn't know how to get that working from within SciTE
I will look at it tonight
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by:philsivyer
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Thanks
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by:Geert Bormans
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SciTE is for development by the way, is there a reason why you want to launch a program this way, other than for debugging?
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by:philsivyer
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Not really - I guess it's easier for me to cut and paste etc - and visually it looks easier on the eye.

Phil
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