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Posted on 2010-09-14
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I have a very basic console app that is ment to collect users inventory in their "My Documents" & "My Desktop".
I would like to console app to run in a hidden state.
I did varous searches on the network, but I am not having any luck.

If you need to code I will post it if requested.
 
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by:Todd Gerbert
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You probably want your application to be a Windows Forms program, just don't show any forms.
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by:Zhaolai
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Like the first comment said, do it in a Win Forms app without any forms. Just Add a module and place all the code in sub Main.
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by:Tony Massa
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Set objShell = CreateObject("Wscript.Shell")
strCommand = "console.exe /param"
objShell.Run strCommand, 0, True


Using the '0' here hides the window.  "True" makes the script wait until the command is completed before resuming the script
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Todd Gerbert earned 2000 total points
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Right-click on your project and go to Properties, turn off the "Enable Application Framework", set "Startup Object" to Sub Main().  Add a module to your project with a sub main() and this will be your starting point...
Here's a simple example that uses a custom application context to continuously loop in a  background thread.

Imports System.Threading
Module Module1
    Sub Main()
        Application.Run(New MyAppContext())
    End Sub
End Module
Public Class MyAppContext
    Inherits ApplicationContext
    Private worker As Thread
    Private exitWorkerSignal As ManualResetEvent
    Public Sub New()
        worker = New Thread(AddressOf WorkerProc)
        worker.IsBackground = True

        exitWorkerSignal = New ManualResetEvent(True)

        worker.Start()
    End Sub
    Private Sub WorkerProc()
        'Loop continuously, until the exitWorkerSignal is reset, then exit
        While (exitWorkerSignal.WaitOne(0))
            'Inventory my documents
            GetMyDocsInventory()

            'Sleep for a bit
            Thread.Sleep(500)
        End While
    End Sub
    Private Sub GetMyDocsInventory()
        'Dummy sub - do work here
    End Sub
    Protected Overrides Sub ExitThreadCore()
        exitWorkerSignal.Reset()
        MyBase.ExitThreadCore()
    End Sub
End Class

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by:yo_bee
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Attached is my code modified to resemble the code above.
I am getting two errors.

Error      1      Name 'Application' is not declared.      C:\Users\boscam\AppData\Local\Temporary Projects\FileInventory\Module1.vb      8      9      FileInventory
Error      2      Type 'ApplicationContext' is not defined.      C:\Users\boscam\AppData\Local\Temporary Projects\FileInventory\Module1.vb      12      14      FileInventory

Note sure what this is?


Imports System
Imports System.IO
Imports System.Threading

Module Module1
    Sub Main()
        Application.Run(New MyAppContext())
    End Sub
End Module
Public Class MyAppContext
    Inherits ApplicationContext
    Private worker As Thread
    Private exitWorkerSignal As ManualResetEvent
    Public Sub New()
        worker = New Thread(AddressOf WorkerProc)
        worker.IsBackground = True

        exitWorkerSignal = New ManualResetEvent(True)

        worker.Start()
    End Sub
    Private Sub WorkerProc()
        'Loop continuously, until the exitWorkerSignal is reset, then exit
        While (exitWorkerSignal.WaitOne(0))
            'Inventory my documents
            GetMyDocsInventory()

            'Sleep for a bit
            Thread.Sleep(500)
        End While
    End Sub
    'Private Sub GetMyDocsInventory()
    'Dummy sub - do work here
    '********************************************************************************************* 
    Private Sub GetMyDocsInventory()
        Dim Computername As String = Environment.MachineName
        Dim StrFiles(0 To 1) As String
        StrFiles(0) = (My.Computer.FileSystem.SpecialDirectories.MyDocuments)
        StrFiles(1) = (My.Computer.FileSystem.SpecialDirectories.Desktop)

        Dim d As Double



        Using sw As StreamWriter = New StreamWriter(StrFiles(0) & "\" & Computername & ".txt", append:=False) ', False, System.Text.Encoding.Unicode)

            sw.WriteLine("Computer Name" & vbTab & "Directory Name" & vbTab & "File Name" & vbTab & "File Size" & vbTab & "File Extension")


            'Root Directory Starts here
            For Each StrDir In StrFiles
                'sw.WriteLine(vbtab & StrDir)

                FolderSearch(StrDir, sw, Computername, d)
            Next
            sw.Close()
            If File.Exists("\\flhappc\sys\networkinventory\" & "\" & Computername & ".txt") Then
                File.Delete("\\flhappc\sys\networkinventory\" & "\" & Computername & ".txt")
            End If
            File.Move(StrFiles(0) & "\" & Computername & ".txt", "\\flhappc\sys\networkinventory\" & "\" & Computername & ".txt")
        End Using


    End Sub

    Private Sub FolderSearch(ByVal startingDir As String, ByVal sw As StreamWriter, ByVal computername As String, ByVal d As Double)
        'This maybe used later if I am able to figure how to pass the expression 
        'to the getdirectories
        '
        'Dim RegexObj1 As New Regex("[0-9]")
        '******************************************
        Dim StartDI As New DirectoryInfo(startingDir)
        Dim SubFI As FileInfo() = StartDI.GetFiles()
        Dim SubDI As DirectoryInfo() = StartDI.GetDirectories()
        'Dim filesize As Double

        ' do files first
        'MsgBox(fsize)
        'Application.DoEvents()
        'If (StartDI.Attributes) <> 48 Then

        For Each SubFItemp In SubFI

            Try
                'fsize = ((((SubFItemp.Length) / 1024) / 1024) / 1024))

                sw.WriteLine(computername & vbTab & SubFItemp.DirectoryName & vbTab & SubFItemp.Name & vbTab & SubFItemp.Length & vbTab & SubFItemp.Extension)

            Catch ex As Exception
                sw.WriteLine(ex.Message)
            End Try
        Next

        'End If

        ' do the subdirectories, and then descend into the directory structure


        For Each SubDITemp In SubDI
            'If (SubDITemp.Attributes) <> 48 Then
            'sw.WriteLine()
            d = d + 1
            ' a recursive call to this routine
            FolderSearch(SubDITemp.FullName, sw, computername, d)
            'End If

        Next

    End Sub

    Protected Sub ExitThreadCore()
        exitWorkerSignal.Reset()
        MyBase.ExitThreadCore()
    End Sub
End Class

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by:Todd Gerbert
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You need a reference to the System.Windows.Forms library, and add an Imports System.Windows.Forms.
You also need to make sure the "Application type" is set to "Windows Forms Application", "Enable application framework" is off, and "Startup object" is "Sub Main"
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also here is a Properties screenshot
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by:yo_bee
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Thanks for all the help

This worked like a charm
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