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Running a DOS Batch File, running a Word macro, trying to run a DOS batch file

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I am using a DOS batch file to run a Word macro i.e. in the batch file - mybatch.bat is the command line:

winword /mMyMacro /t DocumentName.docm

Where DocumentName.docm is my Word document containing the macro and MyMacro is the macro that initiates the process I want to run.

Contained within the process is a subroutine that creates a batch file to process a FTP statement to upload documents to a website. The batch file is executed within the macro using the code:

dRetVal = Shell(Batch_Filename, 0)

Where Batch_Filename is the batch file created by the macro.

This works if the MyMacro macro is initiated by opening up the DocumentName.docm and running the MyMacro macro, but does work if initiated from a batch file, i.e. it will not allow a batch file to be run from within a batch file.

Does anyone have a workaround for this? If I was doing it manually I would "call" the second batch file.
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by:dougaug
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When you call your macro from batch file, any others commands inside your macro are executed or just the line dRetVal = Shell(Batch_Filename, 0)?

If none commands are executed, you should enable Word option to allow execution of macros without being notified.

What Word version are you using?
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by:DavidAreen
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Hi dougaug

It processes a whole load of input files and macros - creates a whole load of files in loads of different formats, i.e. generates XML files, BMP images, Word and PowerPoint files.

The dRetVal = Shell(Batch_Filename, 0) line is simply one subroutine in the process.

I'm not sure that it really matters if I set Application.ScreenUpdating = False or not. As it is it doesn't suppress all the output but I'm not concerned about that.

The FTP batchfile is not executed unless I run the macro outside the DOS .bat file.

I'm using Word 2010




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by:dougaug
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OK, DavidAreen, but I've asked you if when call your Macro from DOS batch file, all other commands inside your Macro are executed except Shell(Batch_Filename, 0).

As you've explained, Batch_Filename is created by your Macro. Have you checked if this file is really created when you call your Macro from DOS?

Could you post your Macro and DOS batch file here, please?
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by:DavidAreen
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Hi Dougaug

I can confirm that all the other procedures work, the bat file is created. I can't paste the code here because it is too long and the bat file contains confidential information.

I can confirm that if I open the DocumentName.docm and run the MyMacro the DOS bat file that is created by the procedure is correctly executed.

I can also process the bat files manually.

I am totally confident that the problem is trying to run a bat file within a bat file. I was hoping that someone might be able to advise how I could use the Shell to 'Call' the second bat file; or perhaps create a new DOS 'run' stream to run the second bat file independently from the first.

If that is not possible I will probably look to code VBA FTP calls, or change the controlling bat file so that it processes the procedure's created bat files once the procedure has completed.

Hope that clarifies things a bit better.  
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Okay problem solved.

I went back to basics and isolated all the relevant code and ran some tests. The batch file was being run but when run from another batch file it was not recognizing the FTP command. I inserted a  "SET PATH=\Windows\system32;" line before the FTP statement and it worked.

Not sure exactly why the batch file should work when run from within the document and not from outside but I'm sure there is a logical reason.

Thanks Dougang for your input.
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Problem solved.
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