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This is driving me mad....

i have a 3rd party application that i can call to load xml into a archive system to create pdf's ect i can call this from a cmd line like

3rdpartyapp.exe -s192.2.2.1 -p2000 -j1212 < c:\temp\mydoc.xml

this happily works. i'm now trying to incorporate this into a vb.net app in vs2005.

The example below works fine on 32bit machines but not on 64bit.

So i then tried to call 3rdpartyapp.exe from the ProcessStartInfo and pass the arguments but it seems i cannot pass '<' in the arguments for the input file.

Any ideas?
sSeerver = "192.2.2.1"
sServerPort = "2000"
sJob = "1212"
sDoc = "C:\Temp\MyDoc.xml"

 Dim psi As ProcessStartInfo = New ProcessStartInfo("cmd.exe")
            With psi
                .WindowStyle = ProcessWindowStyle.Hidden
                .WorkingDirectory = AppPath()
                .UseShellExecute = False
                .CreateNoWindow = False
                .RedirectStandardInput = True
                .RedirectStandardOutput = True
                .RedirectStandardError = True
            End With

            Dim m_Input As String = "3rdpartyapp -s" & sServer & " -p" & sServerPort & " -j" & sJob & " < " & sDoc

            Dim m_Process As Process = Process.Start(psi)

            m_Process.StandardInput.WriteLine(m_Input)
            m_Process.Close()

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Question by:IanPaskin
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by:GMGenius
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You could try setting your application to be 32bit
in the project properties page, select the "Compile" table then click on "Advanced Compile Options" change the "AnyCPU" to "x86"
Try again.
I have seen issues with running .NET apps on 64bit where a component it uses is 32bit only.
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by:PagodNaUtak
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Try my function below:
Use it this way
sSeerver = "192.2.2.1"  
sServerPort = "2000"  
sJob = "1212"  
sDoc = "C:\Temp\MyDoc.xml"
Dim Result as String = String.Empty
Dim Arguments as String = "-s" & sServer & " -p" & sServerPort & " -j" & sJob & " < " & sDoc

Result = ExecuteApplication("3rdpartyapp", Arguments)

Public Function ExecuteApplication(ByVal ExecutableName As String, ByVal Arguments As String) As String
        Dim Output As String = String.Empty
        Using ExecutableProcess As New Process
            Dim startInfo As New ProcessStartInfo(ExecutableName)
            startInfo.RedirectStandardInput = True
            startInfo.RedirectStandardOutput = True
            startInfo.UseShellExecute = False
            startInfo.CreateNoWindow = True
            startInfo.WindowStyle = ProcessWindowStyle.Hidden
            startInfo.Arguments = Arguments

            ExecutableProcess.StartInfo = startInfo
            ExecutableProcess.Start()

            Output = ExecutableProcess.StandardOutput.ReadToEnd

            ExecutableProcess.WaitForExit()
            ExecutableProcess.Close()

        End Using
        Return Output
End Function

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by:IanPaskin
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GMGenius: tried the anyCPU the problem i get then is i use oracle.dataaccess in my app and setting to anyCPU causes a whole new set of issues, i might write a quick app just to call the application with no oracle functions and see if setting to anyCPU works then i will have to try and solve teh oracle issues.

PagodNaUtak: nice code for calling the app but it still fails to upload the xml doc so i guess it still doesn't like the ' < ' in the arguments. i will keep trying.

Ian
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by:GMGenius
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What is the < for?
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Still couldn't get it to work so i used


Dim Arguments as String = "-s" & sServer & " -p" & sServerPort & " -j" & sJob & " < " & sDoc
Shell("cmd /c" & " " & Arguments )

This works fine but i have less control on the process.
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