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Place an excel file in Unix and access it from an excel macro

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Hi,

I want to place an .txt in Unix and to read the file from an excel macro code.

The txt file just have the database credentials like,
User Id=xxx
Password=xxx
Initial catlog=xxx

Can someone help me ftp and read the data back
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Question by:pnadakuditi
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You can use the following code to run a DOS script from a macro:

Sub downloadFTP()
Dim dRetVal As Variant
dRetVal = Shell("C:\download.bat", 1)
End Sub

The contents of download.bat should be the ftp command, i.e:

ftp -i -s:c:\script.dat yourunixbox

The contents of script.dat should be the ftp commands, ie.:

username 'user for ftp site
password 'password for ftp site
cd /path_to_file
lcd c:\
get file.txt
quit

You will then be able to read the text file from the local disk.  If you want the code to be portable, you can use excel to write download.bat and script.dat prior to executing the shell command.

Hopefully this is what you need
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by:AndrewSwingewood
AndrewSwingewood earned 2000 total points
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I have just re-read your question and realised that you also need to know how to read the file into VBA.  This can be done using code similar to:

Sub Read_text_File()

Dim oFSO As New FileSystemObject
Dim oFS

Set oFS = oFSO.OpenTextFile("c:\file.TXT")

Do Until oFS.AtEndOfStream
sText = oFS.ReadLine
Loop

End Sub

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by:pnadakuditi
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Dont want to close the question.. the above solution is hoping me good.. need to implement it and verify the results
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