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Faking Keyboard Input to a CMD window

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Does anyone know how to send keystrokes to a CMD windows under Win32 (Windows NT).  I need to be able to send keystrokes to a legacy MSDOS application from another Win32 application, and I also need to be able to examine the screen buffer output from the DOS App.

The Dos app does direct writes to the screen.

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If you don't mind your actions to be widely visible, place the keys on clipboard and send alt-space, e, p.

To read the screen, send alt-space, e, m, a lot of shift-arrows and alt-space, e, c.

I think there is no other easy way to communicate with normal DOS windows.

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Most times you can do this using redirection like this:

dosapp < keyboardinputfile > output
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