Calling Shell from VBA

jjcarter1988

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Hi All,

I am wondering how to use the Shell feature in VBA to call a terminal (using mac), then run a perl script called read_scalepack.pl on a log file that I have chosen using GetOpenFileName.

Right now I am just using Terminal to issue the .pl script (its parsing a log file) and then importing the results in excel workbook.

My terminal command looks like this: read_scalepack.pl example.log > example.csv

I turn the parsed log file into a csv file so I can import correctly into excel using delimiters.

So far I have:

Code:
    Dim logFileName As Variant
    
logFileName = Application.GetOpenFilename(FileFilter:="")
If logFileName = False Then Exit Sub

This lets me choose the log file I want. I suppose the next part may look something like:

Code:
Call Shell("read_scalepack.pl" & "logFileName")

Obviously I'm stuck there. I am not sure how to turn it into a csv file or if I need to. Also not sure how to specify to create everything in the directory that I have chosen the log file from.

Any help would be most appreciated.
 

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