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.CMD questions

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by someone watching, Apr 30, 2010.

  1. someone watching

    someone watching Flightless Bird

    Can someone explain how to have a *.CMD window open, execute a program and
    STAY at the command prompt?

    All I know to try is this:

    @echo off
    calendar_popup (this is the program I want executed)

    but immediately after execution the window closes (unless I put a PAUSE
    statement) but I need the window to return to a command prompt (not close)

    TIA
     
  2. Pegasus [MVP]

    Pegasus [MVP] Flightless Bird

    "someone watching" <nospam@bogusaddress.com> wrote in message
    news:-OPgh7YG6KHA.6052@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
    > Can someone explain how to have a *.CMD window open, execute a program and
    > STAY at the command prompt?
    >
    > All I know to try is this:
    >
    > @echo off
    > calendar_popup (this is the program I want executed)
    >
    > but immediately after execution the window closes (unless I put a PAUSE
    > statement) but I need the window to return to a command prompt (not close)
    >
    > TIA
    >


    Try this:
    @echo off
    cmd /k calendar_popup
     
  3. someone watching

    someone watching Flightless Bird

    Re: UPDATE on .CMD questions

    Had to update the post as it doesn't fully explain what I'm trying to do. I
    have two 'DOS' programs (which work in a CMD window) which I'd like executed
    when the .CMD file is invoked, as follows:

    @echo off
    pushd f:/notepad
    notepad (it's a popup 'dos' program invoked with a hotkey; works fine in a
    typical CMD window)
    calendar (another 'dos' program which pops up a very small calendar with
    reminders and immediately terminates to the prompt)

    trouble it the CMD window immediately terminates after executing the above.
    If I use a PAUSE statement I can see the programs are launched and work as
    they should ... but how to remain at a command prompt ??

    TIA
     
  4. spamlet

    spamlet Flightless Bird

    I have a link to the cmd prompt on my quick launch bar. It stays open until
    I close it. Only if cmds are put in the 'run' box does cmd shut afterwards.
    Having the cmd prompt link is handy for running tracert and ipconfig -
    needed quite a lot in sorting out internet connection hassles.

    S


    "someone watching" <nospam@bogusaddress.com> wrote in message
    news:-OPgh7YG6KHA.6052@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
    > Can someone explain how to have a *.CMD window open, execute a program and
    > STAY at the command prompt?
    >
    > All I know to try is this:
    >
    > @echo off
    > calendar_popup (this is the program I want executed)
    >
    > but immediately after execution the window closes (unless I put a PAUSE
    > statement) but I need the window to return to a command prompt (not close)
    >
    > TIA
    >
    >
     
  5. someone watching

    someone watching Flightless Bird

    "Pegasus [MVP]" <news@microsoft.com> wrote in message Try this:
    > @echo off
    > cmd /k calendar_popup
    >


    Tried the /k switch, works great to keep a command prompt. Now the question
    is how to invoke TWO programs (in same window) and still have working CMD
    prompt. I've tried all kinds on combinations of /k switches, no /k switches,
    etc. No luck keeping command prompt!

    any other ideas?

    TIA
     
  6. spamlet

    spamlet Flightless Bird

    PS: Right clicking on the link gives you a properties sheet where you can
    set it to run in a normal window of whatever size you want.

    S

    "spamlet" <spam.morespam@invalid.invalid> wrote in message
    news:%235bdBMH6KHA.5016@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
    >I have a link to the cmd prompt on my quick launch bar. It stays open
    >until I close it. Only if cmds are put in the 'run' box does cmd shut
    >afterwards. Having the cmd prompt link is handy for running tracert and
    >ipconfig - needed quite a lot in sorting out internet connection hassles.
    >
    > S
    >
    >
    > "someone watching" <nospam@bogusaddress.com> wrote in message
    > news:-OPgh7YG6KHA.6052@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
    >> Can someone explain how to have a *.CMD window open, execute a program
    >> and STAY at the command prompt?
    >>
    >> All I know to try is this:
    >>
    >> @echo off
    >> calendar_popup (this is the program I want executed)
    >>
    >> but immediately after execution the window closes (unless I put a PAUSE
    >> statement) but I need the window to return to a command prompt (not
    >> close)
    >>
    >> TIA
    >>
    >>

    >
    >
     
  7. Pegasus [MVP]

    Pegasus [MVP] Flightless Bird

    "someone watching" <nospam@bogusaddress.com> wrote in message
    news:-OqvfeaH6KHA.328@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    > "Pegasus [MVP]" <news@microsoft.com> wrote in message Try this:
    >> @echo off
    >> cmd /k calendar_popup
    >>

    >
    > Tried the /k switch, works great to keep a command prompt. Now the
    > question
    > is how to invoke TWO programs (in same window) and still have working CMD
    > prompt. I've tried all kinds on combinations of /k switches, no /k
    > switches,
    > etc. No luck keeping command prompt!
    >
    > any other ideas?
    >
    > TIA
    >


    This sounds like a classic case of scope creep: Let's get someone to solve
    one problem, then let's build on the first to solve a second and so on. Can
    we have the whole scope in one fell swoop, please, instead of one little bit
    at a time? You also need to spend a little more time on thinking about your
    spec. When you say "two programs", do you mean two programs running
    concurrently or successively? And why this insistence on keeping a Command
    Processor running?
     
  8. Billns

    Billns Flightless Bird

    On 4/30/2010 8:05 AM, someone watching wrote:
    > "Pegasus [MVP]"<news@microsoft.com> wrote in message Try this:
    >> @echo off
    >> cmd /k calendar_popup
    >>

    >
    > Tried the /k switch, works great to keep a command prompt. Now the question
    > is how to invoke TWO programs (in same window) and still have working CMD
    > prompt. I've tried all kinds on combinations of /k switches, no /k switches,
    > etc. No luck keeping command prompt!
    >
    > any other ideas?
    >
    > TIA
    >
    >

    Suggest you open TWO separate command prompt windows. Run each program
    in its own window. You can switch between the two windows.

    Bill
     

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