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how to suppress command prompt window or command itself, started from .bat file?

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I am using this in a .bat file:
"C:\Program Files\VC\VC2Agent.exe " user, pass

When executing, the command prompt window displays this line. Unfortunately, this line contains username and password. Is there a way either to suppress the command prompt window entirely, or suppress the "C:..." line, OR at the very least, close up or minimize the command prompt window as soon as the program starts execution?

Thank you in advance for your responses.
Phil
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is that an antivirus agent?

does the .exe come with a /SILENT switch?
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it's a program i wrote using VB.
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From a .bat file, try

start /min "C:\Program Files\VC\VC2Agent.exe " user, pass

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INFO on THE START COMMAND with /MIN option:

 Try the start command you can use low priority and run minimized:

Home NT Commands
     
     
     
NT Syntax

START

Start a specified program or command in a separate window.

syntax
      START "title" [/Dpath] [options] [command] [parameters]

key
   WHAT to run

   path       : Starting directory
   command    : The NT Command, Batch file or executable program to run
   parameters : The parameters passed to the command

   HOW to run it

   /MIN       : Minimized
   /MAX       : Maximized
   /WAIT      : Start application and wait for it to terminate
   /LOW       : Use IDLE priority class
   /NORMAL    : Use NORMAL priority class
   /HIGH      : Use HIGH priority class
   /REALTIME  : Use REALTIME priority class
   "title"    : Text for the CMD window title.
   /B         : Start application without creating a new window. In this case
                ^C will be ignored - leaving ^Break as the only way to
                interrupt the application
   /I         : Ignore any changes to the current environment.

   Options for 16-bit WINDOWS programs only

   /SEPARATE   Start in separate memory space (more robust)
   /SHARED     Start in shared memory space (default)

Bugs:
Although ["title"] is supposedly an optional parameter, when it is omitted other options may be interpreted as being the title - so to be absolutely sure just put something in like "My Script".

Documents
Document files may be invoked through their file association just by typing the name of the file as a command.
e.g. START WORD.DOC would launch the application associated with the .DOC file extension

Printers
A new printer can be installed very quickly (and the driver downloaded) with the command
START \\print_server\printer_name

Setting a Working Directory
To start an application and specify where files will be saved

START /Dc:\Documents\ /MAX notepad.exe

Note that START /D does not support long filenames which contain spaces, a workaround is to use the 8.3 compatible name(s)

Forcing a Sequence of Programs
If you require your users to run a sequence of 32 bit GUI programs to complete a task, create a batch file that uses the start command:

@echo off
start /wait /b <First.exe>
start /wait /b <Second.exe>
start /wait /b <Third.exe>

Create a shortcut to this batch file and place it on the Start menu or desktop. Set it to run minimized.
When the user double-clicks the shortcut, <First.exe> runs.
When <First.exe> terminates, <Second.exe> runs
When <Second.exe> terminates, <Third.exe> runs

An alternative method is to run a .BAT batch file under command.com (16 bit)

If Command Extensions are disabled, the START command will no longer recognise file Associations, and will not automatically evaluate the COMSPEC variable when starting a second CMD session.

Missing file extensions
When executing a command line whose first token does NOT contain an extension, then CMD.EXE uses the value of the PATHEXT environment variable to determine which extensions to look for and in what order. The default value for the PATHEXT variable is:

.COM;.EXE;.BAT;.CMD

Notice the syntax is the same as the PATH variable, with semicolons separating the different elements.

When executing a command, if there is no match on any extension, then NT will look to see if the name, without any extension, matches a directory name and if it does, the START command will launch Explorer on that path.

"Do not run; scorn running with thy heels" - Shakespear, The Merchant of Venice

Related commands:

CALL - Call one batch program from another
CMD - can be used to call a subsequent batch and ALWAYS return even if errors occur.
GOTO - jump to a label or GOTO :eof

Q162059 - Opening Office documents

Equivalent Linux BASH commands:

.period - Run commands from a file

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Simon Sheppard
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jkr - tried it. it says "Cannot find the file 'user, pass' (or one of its components)..."
so the syntax is off, i think.
jgiordano - i will read it.
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