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  • File Exists in and If Statement

    Below is what I have tried to get to work.
    It compiles and runs, but the result is always the same and the last statement in the process.

    if(file.exists("c:\My folder\my document 1.pdf"),my document = "c:\myfolder\my document 1.pdf",my document = "c:\My folder\my document 2.pdf")

    if(file.exists("c:\My folder\my document 1.pdf"), ------------------ it is present. Running file.exists() shows a result of .t.
    my document = "c:\myfolder\my document 1.pdf", ----------------- "the my document variable" should have "my document 1.pdf" as the content
    my document = "c:\My folder\my document 2.pdf")----------------- "the my document variable" ends up with "my document 2.pdf" as the content

    So how can I get the If statement (If this, then this, else that) to work with a file.exist statement?

    I have tried to get the correct value if the file exists using If, then, else but that gives the same result.

    All help appreciated.
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  • #2
    Re: File Exists in and If Statement

    Ted shouldn't it be

    my document = if(file.exists("c:\My folder\my document 1.pdf"),"c:\myfolder\my document 1.pdf","c:\My folder\my document 2.pdf")


    • #3
      Re: File Exists in and If Statement

      Logically that makes sense, however when I run the file.exists interactively (?file.exists(" filename ") the result is correct.
      Running the same as a script does not.
      I will try what you suggest, and thanks for the quick reply Jon.
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      • #4
        Re: File Exists in and If Statement


        vlFileExists = file.exists("c:\Myfolder\my_document_1.pdf")
        myDocument = if(vlFileExists,"c:\myfolder\my_document_1.pdf","c:\Myfolder\my_document_2.pdf")
        I think that the "." in the function is confusing the if statement.


        • #5
          Re: File Exists in and If Statement

          permissions? its always permissions, well check them anyway.

          When it you run it interactively its probably running as you.
          When you run it on the server its running under another identity and that needs access to "my folder"


          • #6
            Re: File Exists in and If Statement

            Allen, that was the solution.
            Setting the value first outside of the IF statement to establish whether or not the record was there and using the .T. or .F. returned in the script was the answer. That avoided the [.] contention.
            The value can then be used as the first IF condition to enable the rest.

            Jon, the construction I had originally was a mistake, which you kindly didn't throw custard pies at. My excuse is that I have been working on SQL and Mobile Android native shell stuff so my head was in the clouds (get it?)

            Jonathan, thanks for the suggestion and we will check the permissions if it won't run, but the syntax was the immediate problem.

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            • #7
              Re: File Exists in and If Statement

              Ted, it's always a pleaseure to help out on here if I can. I have saved many hours of effort either by asking for, or finding, a solution to my Alpha problems here.

              In this instance I'm very grateful to Allen for pointing me in the right direction if I ever need to do something similar.