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Correct syntax for using "-autostart" when running a windows exe via scheduled task

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Hi, I am working on my first windows scheduled task. I want to add "-autostart" to this scheduled task:

Run: "C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Desktop\GDocBackup.0.3.0.BIN\GDocBackup.exe"

Start in: Settings\Administrator\Desktop\GDocBackup.0.3.0.BIN"

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This is the exe I am trying to autostart in a scheduled task:

http://gs.fhtino.it/gdocbackup

This is info from developer about -autostart usage:

Command line options:

    * -autostart :   Automatically starts backup. If no errors are encountered, the GDocbackup quits automatically. If there are errors, the standard message box appears. The switch is useful for scheduled run. An example:schedule it at session start / login, so, when you login, GDocDackup starts automatically and downloads all modified documents.
    * -writelog :   Writes log message to a text file. Filename: GDocBackup_yyyyMMdd.log.  Path on Windows Vista, the user temp directory (C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Local\Temp\). Oon Linux:  /tmp/


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If I can get the -autostart to work. Can I have both -autorun and -writelog in same run command?

Thanks for any info.

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Depending on how the exe parses the command line, it would be either:
Run: "C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Desktop\GDocBackup.0.3.0.BIN\GDocBackup.exe -autostart"
or
Run: "C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Desktop\GDocBackup.0.3.0.BIN\GDocBackup.exe" -autostart

As for mixing the command functions, get the first one to work and the try the others.  It depends on whether the exe will accept the additional switches.
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"C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Desktop\GDocBackup.0.3.0.BIN\GDocBackup.exe -autostart"
This cant work (except in the unlikely case you do have a file named "GDocBackup.exe -autostart" in that folder)

"C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Desktop\GDocBackup.0.3.0.BIN\GDocBackup.exe" -autostart -writelog
This is the correct command line. I wouldnt think twice about using both parameters at the same time as they do not oppose each other. And most times the developer will say to not use them at the same time if they are not compatible. It's a simple task, no reason to believe that application would fail to do this.
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by:Mark B
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Thank you, this work great: "C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Desktop\GDocBackup.0.3.0.BIN\GDocBackup.exe" -autostart -writelog
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