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Re^3: cause a delay in script

by guha (Priest)
on Jul 27, 2007 at 12:06 UTC ( #629085=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

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in thread cause a delay in script

I have seen this type of annoying behaviour in both Excel and Word which leads me to think that it has something to do with OLE itself. I have several programs where I had to put in a sleep 3 here and a sleep 5 there, which sucks of course. If you enable the visible property of the application thing gets even worse.

From what I've gathered perl's interface to OLE is "single-threaded", aka methods shouldn't return until done, but that is not the case obviously.

There are some properties in Word/Excel which enables "background" processing, mainly printing and spell checking, that you could try to disable, this is just a hunch on my part that may improve your situation or most probably not.

I have tried extensively to find some property that would indicate if the OLE engine is in idle state which would be pollable, mainly as a workaround, but have come up with nothing so far.

I am interested to hear what progress you make, collecting evidence to crack this issue I guess.

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Re^4: cause a delay in script
by momukhtar (Initiate) on Aug 20, 2007 at 20:05 UTC
    Actually the problem I found out was that it was not updating the charts after opening the file through the script as it normally do when you open the file by double clicking. So, I write down a macro to update the charts and then called that macro in the script and the problem is solved now.

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