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Do you know how to execute a program and to access to the programmer parameters from an ASM program?
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by:rbr
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To get the paramters use int 21h function 62h. The returnvalue in BX is the
segment adress of the PSP of the current program. At the adress BX:0080
are the number of bytes of your parameter block and starting at BX:0081
you can read the parameters of your program.
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by:kilobug
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Thanx anyway, but this is only a part of the question...

  I will explain what I exactly want:
* To make a DOS ASM program which can execute other programs (EXE and COM).
* To make a DOS ASM program which can access to the parameter given on the command line.(This is easier, the main thing is the execution).
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For executing a other program use int 21h function 4bh subfunction 0

AH=4bh
AL=00h
ES=segmentadress of parameterblock
BX=offsetadress of parameterblock
DS=segmentadress of the programname you want to execute
DX=offsetadress of the programname

The parameterblock must contain the following.
Byte 0-1: Segment of enviromentblock
Byte 2-3: Offset of command-parameters
Byte 4-5: Segment of command-parameters
Byte 6-7: Offset of 1st FCB
Byte 8-9: Segment of 1st FCB
Byte 10-11: Offset of 2nd FCB
Byte 12-13; Segment of 2nd FCB.
If Byte 0-1 are 0 the enviroment block of the calling program is used.
If you don't need any FCB Byte 6-13 can have any value you want.
The programname must be a string with a 0 at the and. No wildchars are
allowed. The command-paramters must have the following form.
Byte 0: Length of the command-paramters.
Byte 1-Length: command-paramters.
Bate Length+1: Carriage Return (ASCII 13). Do not cont this character to
the length.
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by:Thefly
ID: 1216361
Here is my solution to copy command line option string (from PSP to a PSP buffer var)

dosseg
.model large
.stack 200h
.data
;psp
psp dw 0
pspbuffer db 128 dup (0)
.386
.code
        push es
        mov ax,@data
        mov ds,ax
        pop es
        mov ax,es
        mov psp,ax
        mov bp,80h
        mov cx,es:[bp]
        mov ch,0
        inc cx
        psploop:
        mov bx,bp
        sub bx,80h
        mov ax,es:[bp]
        mov pspbuffer+bx,al
        inc bp
        loop psploop
        mov ax,4c00h
        int 21h
end

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