This article applies to:
This has been introduced in E-Prime 2.0 version 188.8.131.523.
Primer – From Wikipedia.org:
- “In computer command line interfaces, a command line argument is an argument sent to a program being called. In general, a program can take any number of command line arguments, which may be necessary for the program to run, or may even be ignored, depending on the function of that program. A command line option or simply option (also known as a command line parameter, flag*, or a switch) is an indication by a user that a computer program should change its default output.”
*-this document will use this terminology
This article is meant to provide a base reference for the command-line automation of the E-DataAid application included in E-Prime suite. A description of each command-line parameter have been inferred from various sources as no official Psychology Software Tools documentation concerning this subject has been released.
While all the application uses command-line parameters, E-DataAid extends its capabilities by incorporating a simple textual file to facilitate
data processing. Internally, E-DataAid calls these files control files, and this document refers to them as such hereafter. It is important to note that the referenced control file (as well as any necessary target or data files) should exist outside of the Windows temporary folder during command-line application runs. Failure to ensure this may cause program execution errors.
E-DataAid has two types of control files, which we will call ‘A’ and ‘B.’ Control File A is intended to assist with the running of analyses files, while Control File B helps export the current E-DataAid document (e.g. File->Export).
|E-DataAid Command-Line Example|
|C:\Program Files (x86)\PST\E-Prime 3.0\Program\E-DataAid.exe /c /f "C:\Experiment\DataAid Control File A.txt"|
|C:\Program Files (x86)\PST\E-Prime 3.0\Program\E-DataAid.exe /e /f "C:\Experiment\DataAid Control File B.txt"|
|Command-Line Flag||Control File||Description|
|Load a file and export it from the command line.|
|Load a file and export it from the command line (compressed format).|
|Get data for a workbook.|
A / B
|The path of the control file will follow on the command line.|
|Control File A Example – Running analyses on an E-Merge file|
NOTE: “HeaderFiles” are new-line character delimited text files containing information similar to that found at the top of an Excel worksheet generated by an E-DataAid analysis.
|Control File B Example – Exporting|
|DataSeparator= (insert a tab here)|