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How to call a DOS- or Windows-Program from a Java-Program

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  call_dos_windows_program()  // such as cmd or wordpad
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   String wincommand  = "Notepad";
    Runtime rt = Runtime.getRuntime();
    try {
      Process p = rt.exec(wincommand);
    } catch (Exception wine) {
      wine.printStackTrace();
    }
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To GrandSchtroumpf:

It runs if I start "notepad". But if I want to start "wordpad", I got exeptions. And if I want to start a BAT-file, I can see that , though it's started.

Why?
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by:Mayank S
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Try running the batch-file like this: cmd.exe /C start cmd.exe BatchFileName
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by:objects
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> But if I want to start "wordpad", I got exeptions

what exceptions?
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by:GrandSchtroumpf
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the wincommand in my code will work if it works in a command prompt.
if you open a command prompt and type "nodepad", notepad opens.
if you open a command prompt and type "wordpad", you get an error.
it's up to you to find the correct windows command.
if you want to open wordpad for example, you might need to use the complete path for wordpad (i.e. "C:\Program Files\Windows NT\Accessories\wordpad.exe").
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by:Mayank S
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I guess it would still not open if it does not open from the command prompt. Some programs can only be invoked from inside Windows, and not from the console. I tried Wordpad - gave me exceptions too.
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