login vsi company logo login vsi company logo 250x40

Allow "App_Start" function without requiring window title

  • simonplant
  • simonplant's Avatar Topic Author
15 Jan 2015 14:14 #2302 by simonplant
We have both a dynamic application (window title changes) so I just want to launch it at the start of a test run and just let it close when the session logs out. Right now I can't do this without knowing the window title.

The request is the ability to start arbitary applications in a session without needing window title.

Please Log in to join the conversation.

15 Jan 2015 16:50 #2305 by o.bouhaj
We have several ways:

1= App_Start("", "", "", "", "")

Example: App_Start("WinWordOffice", "", "%VSI_Userhome%\UserEdit.doc", "Title", "UserEdit")

Explanation: Start App("<logname>", "", "<file-location>\<file-name>", "<search-for-title>", "<t-itle-name>")
Works when FTA is functional.

2= App_Start("", "", "", "", "", "", "")

Example: App_Start("Notepad", "c:\windows\system32", "notepad.exe", "Title", "Notepad", "Some text found in the document or app", "H:\document.txt")

Explanation: Start App("<logname>", "<folder-location>", "<file-executable-name>", "<search-for-title>", "<t-itle-name>, "<search-for-specific-text>", "<start-app-from-file-location>\<file-name>")

It is not required to use each Parameters.

For example in your case:
App_Start("WinWordOffice", "", "%VSI_Userhome%\UserEdit.doc", "Title", "")
App_Start("WinWordOffice", "", "%VSI_Userhome%\UserEdit.doc", "", "")
App_Start("Notepad", "c:\windows\system32", "notepad.exe", "Title", "", "", "H:\document.txt")
App_Start("Notepad", "c:\windows\system32", "notepad.exe", "", "", "", "H:\document.txt")
App_Start("Notepad", "c:\windows\system32", "notepad.exe", "", "", "", "")

You can, depending if you want to close it the normal way or not, keep it open until a user logs out when the user finishes it workload, or, use (depending on the version of the tool)
VSI_KillProcess("<logname>", "<appname>.exe").
Example: VSI_KillProcess("Notepad", "notepad.exe")

Because if there is 'no' window to focus on - there is unfortunately no other option to gracefully close it.

Please Log in to join the conversation.

  • simonplant
  • simonplant's Avatar Topic Author
16 Jan 2015 09:53 #2306 by simonplant
Thanks Omar,
Then its a problem with the documentation on www.loginvsi.com/documentation/Workload_...ence_Guide#App_Start

The App Start call has this as the syntax:
App_Start("Logname ", " Working directory", " Executable or full path", " Window search mode", "Window title ", ["Window content "], ["Command line parameters"])

It is common practice to use [ ] to show optional parameters. Since [ ] are only used on the Window Content and Command line Params, it infers only those are optional and all other parameters are required, hence my request above.

If [ ] is not used to show optional parameters, perhaps you could explain what they are used for in the documentation please?


Please Log in to join the conversation.

Login VSI, Inc.

3945 Freedom Circle
Suite 670
Santa Clara, CA 95054

Phone: +1 844 828 3693

300 Tradecenter
Suite 3460
Woburn, MA 01801

Phone: +1 844 828 3693

Login VSI B.V.

De Entree 85
1101 BH Amsterdam
The Netherlands

Phone: +31 20 705 1200