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Executing program with parameters

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Hi,

I'm trying to execute an external program with the shellexecute API. The exteranal program needs rather a lot of parameters in order to run correctly however; i.e. c:\dir\progname.exe -para1 -para2 etc.

How can I do this in Delphi? Idealy my program will generate the parameters at run time.

Thanks,

BTW, the external program is xplanet - a you can find more information at http://xplanet.sourceforge.net. I'm attempting to create a small [simple] launcher for it.
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Question by:alza
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by:bruintje
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Hi alza,

look in the help for samples on  paramcount and paramstr for this

HAGD:O)Bruintje
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hello alza, you could try something like this -
add ShellApi to your uses clause

implementation

uses ShellApi

var
ExePath, SendParam: String;
begin

  ExePath := 'C:\Folder\Exe.exe'
  SendParam := Param1+' '+Param2+' '+Param3;

  ShellExecute(Handle,
'open',     // pointer to string that specifies operation to perform
    PChar(ExePath),     // pointer to filename or folder name string
    PChar(SendParam),     // pointer to string that specifies executable-file parameters
    nil,     // pointer to string that specifies default directory
    SW_SHOW      // whether file is shown when opened
   );

end;
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by:alza
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Hello and thank you to you both.

Slick812;
I've implemented a simple edit box where the parameters can be entered and then assigned to a string (SendParam). This seems to work fine at the moment.

bruintje;
I'm not entirley sure how and where the functions you've mentioned come into it. I've tried using paramstr(0) and this just returns the path of my compiled program...

Thanks,
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by:herr_apfelschnitt
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paramstr contains parameters that were used to run the current program, where paramstr(0) (the first one) contains the executable name.
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