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How can I ensure my network drives are connected before running a series of tests which access these drives?

How can I ensure my network drives are connected before running a series of tests which access these drives?

How can I ensure my network drives are connected before running a series of tests which access these drives?

There is the possibility when working with network drives that they will idly disconnect. When this occurs SilkTest functions which operate on directories stored on these drives can fail, for example SYS_GetDirContents will return an error "this directory does not exist" if the network drive has disconnected idly. This problem is behavioral of the environment configuration in which you are operating and generally drive connection is re-established on access of these network drives via explorer or a command line.

Therefore we can use this behavior to construct a SilkTest function which will take a list of strings to represent the drive identifiers, e.g. "C:\", and then open a Windows Explorer window on the said drive.

[-] dll "shell32"
[ ] int ShellExecuteW (int hwnd, String lpOperation, String lpFile, String lpParameters, String lpDirectory, int nShowCmd)
[ ]
[-] void ConnectDrives(List of String lsDrives)
[ ] String sDrive
[-] for each sDrive in lsDrives
[-] do
[ ] //open an explorer window with the mapped drive to ensure drive connection
[ ] ShellExecuteW(Desktop.GetHandle(),"open","Explorer","/n,{sDrive}","C:\temp",5)
[ ] sleep(1)
[ ] DialogBox(sDrive).Close()
[ ] print("Drive {sDrive} connected")
[-] except
[ ] DialogBox("Windows Explorer").Close()
[ ] RaiseError(1,"***Error: Drive {sDrive} could not be opened")

Old KB# 23431

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