Can I use VB:s string.StartsWith in WScript? How?

Posted on 2009-05-14
Last Modified: 2012-05-07

I have a script that I use to check folders for files using scheduled tasks.
If it finds files, it moves them to a sub folder and then alerts a user with an email.

I now have a few macs that access this file system and thus I have a lot of files starting with a "."

I'd like this script to automatically remove them.

As a java programmer, the logical choice was to search for a starts with function.
I found one in VB script, but I can not seem to get it to work.

Code below. The currentFileName echoes correctly, but when I try to use:
currentFileName.StartsWith(".") - I get a 800A01A8 error "object required".

Code below. (Commented out the actual moving and deleting of files + emailing for testing)

Many thanks in advance, and best regards,

Option Explicit

Dim Fso, args, num, folderPath, utrPath, strEmailFrom, strEmailTo, strEmailSubject, strSMTP, sendMail, strFilesInBody, currentFileName, myFolder, filecount, colFiles, foundFile

Set Fso = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject") 

Set args = WScript.Arguments

num = args.Count

if num < 3 then

   WScript.Echo "Du glömde ange parameter för mapp att kolla och/eller mottagarens mejladress och/eller meddelande." & vbCrLf & "Används: scriptnamn.vbs C:\Temp Meddelande" & vbCrLf & "Eventuella extra e-postadresser, lägg till ; mellan." & vbCrLf & "Ex:;"

   WScript.Quit 1

end if

folderPath = args.Item(0)

utrPath = folderPath & "\utredning\"

strEmailFrom = ""

strEmailTo = args.Item(1)

strEmailSubject = "*** LARM *** " & args.Item(2)

strSMTP = ""

sendMail = 0

strFilesInBody = ""

currentFileName = ""

Set myFolder = Fso.GetFolder(folderPath)

filecount = myFolder.Files.Count

Set colFiles = myFolder.Files

For Each foundFile In colFiles

	Set currentFileName = Fso.GetFileName(foundFile)

	If currentFileName.StartsWith(".") Then

		WScript.echo "yes"

	End If


    If Len(Fso.GetExtensionName(foundFile)) <= 3 Then

		WScript.echo currentFileName

		'strFilesInBody = strFilesInBody +  currentFileName & vbCrLf

		'sendMail = 1

		'Fso.CopyFile foundFile, utrPath, true



		WScript.echo currentFileName

		'Rensa mac-filer

		'filecount = filecount -1


	End If


strEmailBody = "Nu ligger det " & filecount & " filer i " & utrPath & vbCrLf & vbCrLf & strFilesInBody

Set objEmail = CreateObject("CDO.Message")

objEmail.From = strEmailFrom

objEmail.To = strEmailTo

objEmail.Subject = strEmailSubject

objEmail.Textbody = strEmailBody

objEmail.Configuration.Fields.Item _

    ("") = 2

objEmail.Configuration.Fields.Item _

    ("") = _


objEmail.Configuration.Fields.Item _

    ("") = 25


If sendMail > 0 Then


End If

WScript.Quit 0

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Question by:larsan
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Accepted Solution

Marcjev earned 500 total points
Comment Utility
Remark: The GetFileName method returns a string and no object. Hence it has no methods in vbscript
You should write something like:
var currentFileName, firstchar
currentFileName = Fso.GetFileName(foundFile)
firstchar = left(currentfilename,1)

Or use some other string functions (search for vbscript string functions on the web)


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Comment Utility

In java-lingo a string is an object so I assumed that it was so in vb.

The code below works nicely:

currentFileName = Fso.GetFileName(foundFile)
firstChar = Left(currentFileName,1)
If StrComp(firstChar,".",1) = 0 Then ...

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