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This seems to be the most appropriate place to ask this question, but if it's not feasable then i may have to do it under programming....but

We use filenet here for document management
Part of my job every day is to do this
start > run
"csm_tool"
"HA c:\outfile.txt"
<set to output to text file>
"s"
<prints text i need here>
"q"
<exits>

it takes 5 minutes to do, and frankly i am lazy...i know i can automate it. Heres the problems and cavets though:

"csm_tool" does NOT support any command line arguments (and the vender dosent care what i think or ask, so it's out of the quetion)
i can have the exe inside print to a text file (which i am going to do and is ultimately my goal) through HA filename
if i do something like echo s | csm_tool then it goes into a loop....not sure why, yet if i do a echo q (quit) it dosent....i have no clue why it is looping until the program terminates....

so basically, i need to send HA file, then s, then q to a running dos program, or have a batch file do it for me.....is this possible? if not, i will move it over to a VB/C# forum and ask.....thanks
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You can try something like this:

Create a file inp.txt with two lines:

s
q


Then start the program like this:

csm_tool < inp.txt

It might work...
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To expound further, the inp.txt file should have everything you would normally enter.

So, you could create a batch file:

gocsm.bat

with:

csm_tool < inp.txt

and in inp.txt put:

HA c:\outfile.txt
s
q


That is, if I understand what you're trying to do. Some programs, though, don't accept input from the standard input, so the redirection might not work.
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by:fcisler
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LRHGuy,

thank you very much....dunno why i didn't think to try that....
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