Tutorial :vbscript : fso.opentextfile permission denied


In my code segment, when I script the file name, it gives me a permission denied on the following line:

Set objTextFile = objFSO.OpenTextFile(strDirectory & strFile, ForAppending, True)  

Here is the script

'output log info  Function OutputToLog (strToAdd)        Dim strDirectory,strFile,strText, objFile,objFolder,objTextFile,objFSO      strDirectory = "c:\eNet"      strFile = "\weeklydel.bat"      'strText = "Book Another Holiday"      strText = strToAdd        ' Create the File System Object      Set objFSO = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")        ' Check that the strDirectory folder exists      If objFSO.FolderExists(strDirectory) Then         Set objFolder = objFSO.GetFolder(strDirectory)      Else         Set objFolder = objFSO.CreateFolder(strDirectory)         'WScript.Echo "Just created " & strDirectory      End If        If objFSO.FileExists(strDirectory & strFile) Then         Set objFolder = objFSO.GetFolder(strDirectory)      Else         Set objFile = objFSO.CreateTextFile(strDirectory & strFile)         'Wscript.Echo "Just created " & strDirectory & strFile      End If        set objFile = nothing      set objFolder = nothing      ' OpenTextFile Method needs a Const value      ' ForAppending = 8 ForReading = 1, ForWriting = 2      Const ForAppending = 2        Set objTextFile = objFSO.OpenTextFile(strDirectory & strFile, ForAppending, True)        ' Writes strText every time you run this VBScript      objTextFile.WriteLine(strText)      objTextFile.Close  End Function  

I have assigned the vbscript domain administrator permissions. Any ideas?

thanks in advance


I don't think this has to do with File Permissions per se. It has to do with the fact that you've created the file using:

Set objFile = objFSO.CreateTextFile(strDirectory & strFile)  

That creates the file...and carries a reference to that file (objFile)

Then you don't close the file before you destroy the reference

...  'Missing objFile.Close here  Set objFile = nothing  Set objFolder = nothing  ...  

Consequently you're destroying the reference but leaving the textstream open in memory thus locking your file.

You are then proceeding to attempt to re-open the file while the file is already "open". This is a little long winded, you've already got a reference after you've created the file - it would be easier just to write straight to that rather than destroy the reference before creating another one.


for what its worth...

I was convinced I had a permission error because of this line:

Set LogFile = LogFSO.OpenTextFile(LogFileName, ForWriting, True)  

Because that's the line that the 'permission denied' error pointed to. But in fact, my permission error was a few lines further down:

WshShell.AppActivate(ScreensToRemove(i))  WshShell.SendKeys ("~")  WScript.Sleep(1000)  

There was no screen with such a caption, so the SendKeys is what did not have permission.

The solution, of course, was:

If WshShell.AppActivate(ScreensToRemove(i)) = True Then     WshShell.SendKeys ("~")     WScript.Sleep(1000)  End if  

Hope that might help.


balabaster is exactly right. You either need to close the file before reopening it a second time for writing, or using the existing open handle.


Also, make sure that you don't have the file open in Excel (I had this problem with a .csv file)...


In my particular case the file which existed before and all I had to do was give permission to the Everyone user

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