Vugen: RTE Protocol Wait/Polling Routine

While it isn’t the most popular protocol out there, RTE (terminal emulation) continues to serve a need for those testing against “green screen” apps, AS400′s, etc…There are times where you may be waiting on a particular string of text to show up on a screen. You may want to continue polling until the text is there. The script below gives you one idea of how to do this. Note that the X/Y coordinates and field length will be different based on your screen and what you are looking for.

int rc, i;
char match[80];
// Grab some text, store it in var match and log result
TE_get_text_line (3,15,5, match); 
// You must modify col/row coordinates
lr_output_message("Found: %s",match);
// Wait until "text" message disappears
// within 1 second of message disappearing, loop will end
 i = 0;
 do {
 rc = strncmp( match, "text" , 5);
 if (rc == 0){
 i++; // increment sec counter
 lr_output_message("still waiting...");
 TE_get_text_line (3,15,5, match);
 } while (rc == 0);
 lr_output_message("Waited %d seconds for: %s",i,"text");


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With over 20 years of IT experience with various platforms and technologies, Scott has tested some of the largest applications and infrastructures in the world. He is a Certified Instructor and Certified Product Consultant in HP’s LoadRunner and Performance Center products. He currently holds HP certifications for ASE, ASC, and CI. A thought leader in the APM space, he speaks regularly at IT conferences and events