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VBS file to handle wildcard character in find/replace

Jofnn asked
Last Modified: 2012-08-13

I have a vbs script which I run via the command line with 3 arguments... This script is to simply find/replace a certain term within the text file... which I primarily use for dates.

I want to be able to amend the script to use a wildcard to represent one character at a time.  So if I was using it to search for "PIZZA_1" "PIZZA_A" "PIZZA_B" and replace them all with "PIZZA_L" - I could search for "PIZZA_*" where * represented ONE character.

Does that make sense?

Const ForReading = 1
Const ForWriting = 2

strName = Wscript.Arguments(0)
strOriginal = Wscript.Arguments(1)
strReplacement = Wscript.Arguments(2)

Set objFSO = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
Set objFile = objFSO.OpenTextFile(strName, ForReading)

strText = objFile.ReadAll
strReplacement = Replace(strText, strOriginal, strReplacement)

Set objFile = objFSO.OpenTextFile(strName, ForWriting)
objFile.WriteLine strReplacement

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cscript TheScript.vbs "thefilename.txt" "the_old_value" "the_new_value"

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