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I need to create a batch file and write to it. The wording remain the same but the /Value=? needs to change by provding the person a input box to enter the value? The file needs to be created in c:\Program Files (x86)\test\Worktest\Test.bat



I need to write the following with the ability to change the Value=apple to what ever the user inputs.  I want to be able to change that by using the inputbox.

echo off
"C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\test\Interface\Control\hello.jack.test.exe" /Value=apple /playnow

Please advice
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by:oBdA
ID: 40214412
Plain batch:
@echo off
setlocal
set Value=
set /p Value=Please enter the value (or an empty value to exit): 
if "%Value%"=="" goto :eof
"%ProgramFiles(x86)%\Common Files\test\Interface\Control\hello.jack.test.exe" /Value=apple /playnow

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by:MacroShadow
ID: 40214434
Try this:
echo off
set /p strValue= Please enter a value.
"C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\test\Interface\Control\hello.jack.test.exe" /Value=%strValue% /playnow 

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by:oBdA
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Small correction for the plain batch (forgot to replace apple, too much copy and paste):
@echo off
setlocal
set Value=
set /p Value=Please enter the value (or an empty value to exit): 
if "%Value%"=="" goto :eof
"%ProgramFiles(x86)%\Common Files\test\Interface\Control\hello.jack.test.exe" /Value="%Value%"/playnow

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And for the fun of it, a batch with an input box:
@echo off
setlocal
set Title=Title
set Prompt=Prompt
set TempFile=%Temp%\Input.vbs
>"%TempFile%" echo Wscript.Echo InputBox("%Prompt%", "%Title%")
set Value=
for /f "delims=" %%a in ('cscript.exe //nologo "%Temp%\Input.vbs"') do (set Value=%%a)
del "%TempFile%"
if "%Value%"=="" goto :eof
"%ProgramFiles(x86)%\Common Files\test\Interface\Control\hello.jack.test.exe" /Value="%Value%"/playnow

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by:Vicki05
ID: 40214517
Sorry, I meant to say that I need a vbscript to write a text or a batch file that will let me change the value.
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by:MacroShadow
ID: 40214548
Please repost the exact text you need written to a text/batch file, put the variable text only in bold.
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by:Vicki05
ID: 40214595
Here is the vbscript that I am working on. I need to be able to change the value using a inputbox instead of msgbox

strComputer = "."
Set objShell = CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
Set objFSO = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")


Const ForReading = 1
Const ForWriting = 2
intAnswer = _
    Msgbox("This utility gives the ability to Update the Value." & vbCrLf & "Do you want to turn Change Value?", _
        vbYesNo, "Run Program")

If intAnswer = vbYes Then

            If objFSO.FileExists("C:\Program Files (x86)\test\Worktest\Test.bat") Then
                  objFSO.DeleteFile "C:\Program Files (x86)\test\Worktest\Test.bat"
            End If


            Set objFSO = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
            Set outFile = objFSO.OpenTextFile("C:\Program Files (x86)\test\Worktest\Test.bat", 8, True)
      For i = 1 to 7

Next

outfile.WriteLine "@echo off"
outfile.WriteLine """C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\test\Interface\Control\hello.jack.test.exe""/Value=apple /playnow"


      msgbox"Done"
End If
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by:MacroShadow
ID: 40214620
Perhaps if I understood your goal I could advise you of a better way...

strValue = InputBox("Enter desired value.")
outfile.WriteLine """C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\test\Interface\Control\hello.jack.test.exe""/Value=" & strValue & " /playnow"

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ID: 40214652
Do you mean something like this (what's the empty for loop for?):
strOutputFile = "C:\Program Files (x86)\test\Worktest\Test.bat"
strOutputFile = "C:\Temp\Test.bat"
strTitle = "Run Program"
strPrompt =	"This utility gives the ability to update the value." & vbCrLf & _
			"Enter the value you want to set, or an empty value to skip:" & vbCrLf

Const ForReading = 1
Const ForWriting = 2
' Set objShell = CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
Set objFSO = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")

strValue = InputBox(strPrompt, strTitle)
If strValue <> "" Then
	If objFSO.FileExists(strOutputFile) Then
		objFSO.DeleteFile strOutputFile
	End If
	Set outFile = objFSO.OpenTextFile(strOutputFile, 8, True)
	For i = 1 to 7
	Next
	outfile.WriteLine "@echo off"
	outfile.WriteLine """C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\test\Interface\Control\hello.jack.test.exe"" /Value=""" & strValue & """ /playnow"
	MsgBox "Value changed to '" & strValue & "'."
End If

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by:Vicki05
ID: 40214660
Hi Macro,

I get an error on line2 character 1. Object required "outfile"
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by:Vicki05
ID: 40214681
Thanks for the solution. It worked.
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by:oBdA
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Just noted that for the sake of completeness, there should be an "outFile.Close" after line 21. And for the fun of it, here's a version that fixes this and displays the current value in the input box:
strOutputFile = "C:\Program Files (x86)\test\Worktest\Test.bat"
strTitle = "Run Program"
strPrompt =	"This utility gives the ability to update the value." & vbCrLf & _
			"Enter the value you want to set, or an empty value to skip." & vbCrLf

Const ForReading = 1
Const ForWriting = 2
Const ForAppending = 8
' Set objShell = CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
Set objFSO = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")

If objFSO.FileExists(strOutputFile) Then
	strSearch = "/Value="
	Set outFile = objFSO.OpenTextFile(strOutputFile, ForReading)
	Do While Not outFile.AtEndOfStream
		strLine = outFile.ReadLine()
		intPosValue = InStr(strLine, strSearch)
		If intPosValue > 0 Then
			intPosPlayNow = InStr(strLine, "/playnow")
			If (intPosPlayNow > 0) And (intPosPlayNow > intPosValue) Then
				strOldValue = Mid(strLine, intPosValue + Len(strSearch) + 1, intPosPlayNow - intPosValue - Len(strSearch) - 3)
			End If
		End If
	Loop
	strPrompt = strPrompt & vbCrLf & "The current value is '" & strOldValue & "'."
	outFile.Close
End If

strValue = InputBox(strPrompt, strTitle, strOldValue)
If (strValue <> "") And (strValue <> strOldValue) Then
	Set outFile = objFSO.OpenTextFile(strOutputFile, ForWriting, True)
	For i = 1 to 7
	Next
	outFile.WriteLine "@echo off"
	outFile.WriteLine """C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\test\Interface\Control\hello.jack.test.exe"" /Value=""" & strValue & """ /playnow"
	outFile.Close
	MsgBox "Value changed to '" & strValue & "'."
End If

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by:Vicki05
ID: 40214829
Thanks
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