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Hello Experts!!

I have a simple question;

I make use of a Windows-DOS program, and needs to send a string to that program, like "add user brian". How can I do that? I work in VB5_pro.

I expect that I have to make use of SENDKEYS, but how do I call the right program. Not shell - since I do not want to execute the program, it is already running.

Can some one help with this question?

Thank you!

/Jens*

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by:jhedlund
ID: 2561419
Do you have access to the code of the program you wish to receive the message (the Windows/DOS one)?  If so, you could have it constantly reading a file that another one writes commands to.  Or look into DCOM.

If you do not have access to the code, you may not be able to send a message to the other program.  How does the other program work?  Command line arguments?  Can't you stop that program and reload it?
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KDivad earned 75 total points
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SendKeys can't send text to a DOS window, but there is a work-around that usually works just fine.
(Note: DOS app may need to be running in a window instead of full-screen for this to work)

Try:

Appactivate Caption_Of_Window_To_Activate, True
ClipBoard.SetText Text_To_Send, vbCFText
SendKeys "% ", True
SendKeys "ep", True

Hope this helps!
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by:Maquiavelo
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 Very clever KDivad!!!
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by:fibdev
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kudos kDivad
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by:KDivad
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Thanks! Let's see if Jens agrees...
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by:Jens979
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Well I could not get it working, tried a little, but then found out another way. Seems there is a commandline thing included with my server that this was for ~:\

Anyway I grade KDivad. But thanks to you all experts!

/Jens*
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