How To | Write files using scripting
Learn the basics of writing files using scripting and discover the advantages it can bring to your workflow.
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There are two primary methods of writing (and reading) files via scripted methods: a Simple Method and a Complete I/O Model:
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--WRITING FILES --Writing a File, Method 1 --The "Direct Way", Simple Model Info = "Whatever I want\r\n" io.output("design/MyTestFile") --Create the file for writing to io.write(Info) --Write to the File io.write("More stuff\r\n") --Append more io.close() --Close the file
--Writing a File, Method 2 --The Complete I/O Model --use for advanced file manipulation, reading/writing to several files Info = "A different method\r\n" myfile = io.open ("design/MyTestFile2","w+") --r for Read-Only of existing file --w for Create/Write new file --a for Append Mode, this is for Writing only --r+ for Read/Write existing file, will overwrite existing content --w+, same as "w", except reading is also allowed --a+, same as "a", except reading is also allowed if myfile~=nil then filedata = myfile:write(Info) filedata = myfile:write("Adding some more\r\n") print("File #2 has been written") io.close(myfile) --Close file after use else print("myfile==nil") --for certain argument usages a nil is returned if file does not exist end --The locations "design/" and "media/" are acceptable. --The "media/" folder is generally for all media files, and the "design/" folder --is where uncompressed design configuration files reside. --Files in "design/" can be viewed at http://[ip of core]/designs/current_design