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Posted on 2004-08-13
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Hi guys can I even do this?
How can I run dos commands from a Java app.
For example I know I can open programs from java:

Runtime r = Runtime.getRuntime();
      Process p = null;
      try{
          p = r.exec("notepad");
      }
      catch(Exception e){};

But how can I run the'dir' command?

thanx guys
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by:objects
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try:

r.exec("cmd /c dir");
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by:kibkid
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thanx man it does seem to work since there is no Exception however how can i see the listing?
How can i see the result of dir?
Coz I don't see them.

Thanx for the examples however I couldn't get them I got an error while attempting to the them
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by:kibkid
ID: 11798392
I did this:

cmd /c dir > test.txt

and it redirected the results to the file but is there a way to see it on the run screen?
thanx
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grab the code at:

http://www.objects.com.au/java/examples/util/ConsoleExec.do

it displays the process output to stdout.
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by:kibkid
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Hey man thanx a lot but you are way ahead of me in Java knowledge so your code wasn't really easy to get but thanx for everything now I got it to work with your help, this is what I did:


Runtime r = Runtime.getRuntime();
      Process p = null;
      try{
          p = r.exec("cmd /c dir");
          BufferedReader in = new BufferedReader(new InputStreamReader(p.getInputStream()));
          while(!(in.readLine()).equals(null)){
          System.out.println(in.readLine());   }
      }
      catch(Exception e){
      System.out.println(e);};


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by:objects
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That code will miss every second line, try more like this:

String line = null;
while(null!=(line = in.readLine()))
{
      System.out.println(line);  
}
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oh ok, thanx man really appreciate it
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