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Storing info from URL call

Storing info from URL call

Storing info from URL call

Hi all, and especially Zebula8 who wrote the below:


Public Const INTERNET_FLAG_RELOAD = &H80000000
Public Declare Function InternetOpen Lib "wininet" Alias "InternetOpenA" (ByVal sAgent As String, ByVal lAccessType As Long, ByVal sProxyName As String, ByVal sProxyBypass As String, ByVal lFlags As Long) As Long
Public Declare Function InternetCloseHandle Lib "wininet" (ByRef hInet As Long) As Long
Public Declare Function InternetReadFile Lib "wininet" (ByVal hFile As Long, ByVal sbuffer As String, ByVal lNumBytesToRead As Long, lNumberOfBytesRead As Long) As Integer
Public Declare Function InternetOpenUrl Lib "wininet" Alias "InternetOpenUrlA" (ByVal hInternetSession As Long, ByVal lpszUrl As String, ByVal lpszHeaders As String, ByVal dwHeadersLength As Long, ByVal dwFlags As Long, ByVal dwContext As Long) As Long

Private Function GetFile(ByVal sURL As String) As Integer
' Reads the data from a web page to a buffer and downloads it to a user's machine
Dim hOpen As Long
Dim hFile As Long
Dim sbuffer As String
Dim Ret As Long
'Dim lFilenumber As Long
Dim oFS As Object
Dim oTxtStream As Object

On Error GoTo GetFile_Error

GetFile = 0

 ' create a buffer for the file we're going to download
' you'll have to decide ahead of time how large the file that is to be downloaded is and adjust accordingly
 sbuffer = Space(2000)
 ' create an internet connection
 hOpen = InternetOpen("userAgent", INTERNET_OPEN_TYPE_DIRECT, vbNullString, vbNullString, 0)
 ' open the url
 hFile = InternetOpenUrl(hOpen, sURL, vbNullString, ByVal 0&, INTERNET_FLAG_RELOAD, ByVal 0&)

 If hFile <> 0 Then
     ' read the bytes of the file
     InternetReadFile hFile, sbuffer, 2000, Ret

     ' clean up
     InternetCloseHandle hFile
     InternetCloseHandle hOpen
    ' create file system object
    Set oFS = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
    ' create a textstream - parameter of true means it will be unicode
    Set oTxtStream = oFS.CreateTextFile("c:\PathToFile\myFile.txt", True)
    ' now we have our textstream we can write to it and then close it
    oTxtStream.Write Trim$(sbuffer)

    Set oTxtStream = Nothing
    Set oFS = Nothing
    GetFile = 1
 End If

   On Error GoTo 0
   Exit Function


    MsgBox "Error " & Err.Number  ' put your own handling here  
End Function

Many thanks for this code, I have used it to build a 'Web Task Scheduler' that calls .asp scripts to perform a function and writes the results to screen and details to a text log.  It's running about six scripts varying from daily to every minute and it works great when it's running from my home pc.
But I uploaded it my server and installed it and it works fine for any URLs that are elsewhere on the net but doesn't return anything from any script stored on the server itself.
It doesn't use URL look up but the direct IP address, ie, (there is no actual URL for the server), but this made no difference when it was running off a different machine.
But it's OK to call a script on another URL that then does a GET request of the server script, but not a redirect.

Any hints at how to get round this?  

RE: Storing info from URL call

Have you tried using for these scripts?

RE: Storing info from URL call

Brilliant bit of lateral thinking there young sir/madam!!

Works a treat, (altho I have to admit I didn't have a clue what you were talking about at first!)

Have a star.

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