can  a file with .cmd extension be executed by a shell comman?

Posted on 2011-02-17
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
   I'm not exactly sure if the title makes sense or not but any input would be appreciated. Thanks
Question by:sn1fflez
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions

Accepted Solution

sharkbot221984 earned 167 total points
ID: 34917993
Yes. A plaintext file with a .bat or .cmd extension will be executed by the shell program -usually COMMAND.  Typically used for 'batch' scripting.

Expert Comment

ID: 34918008
Try it for yourself: create a new text file called 'test.cmd' (note you will need to be able to view extensions) with this content:

@echo off
echo test

change the extension to .bat

you'll get the same thing.

Expert Comment

ID: 34918010
I agree with sharkbot221984.  Any plaintext file with a .bat or. cmd extenstion can be executed via powershell.
Free Tool: ZipGrep

ZipGrep is a utility that can list and search zip (.war, .ear, .jar, etc) archives for text patterns, without the need to extract the archive's contents.

One of a set of tools we're offering as a way to say thank you for being a part of the community.


Author Comment

ID: 34918148
Thank you for the quick responses. Maybe you guys can tell me why the code below doesn't work?
retval = CStr(Shell("C:\Program\INT_Fortran_ComLink.cmd", 1))

retval is declared as string

Open in new window


Assisted Solution

rdhoore108 earned 167 total points
ID: 34918322
I don't know Visual Basic very well, but I believe the problem is that you can't execute a cmd script, you need to execute it through cmd.exe:

retval = CStr(Shell("cmd.exe /c C:\Program\INT_Fortran_ComLink.cmd", 1))
LVL 55

Expert Comment

by:Bill Prew
ID: 34919900
==> Maybe you guys can tell me why the code below doesn't work?

Is that VB6 code that you are working with?  If so, I did think that you could initiate the BAT file directly from the Shell() function, without using cmd.exe.  What type of error or problem are you seeing?

LVL 19

Assisted Solution

Thommy earned 166 total points
ID: 34930575
You can execute a batch script from a batch script by using CALL command as follows...

Call C:\Program\INT_Fortran_ComLink.cmd


Author Closing Comment

ID: 35018353
sorry it took me so long to respond. I eventually got it to work and what you guys said helped a lot. Thanks

Featured Post

Free Tool: Site Down Detector

Helpful to verify reports of your own downtime, or to double check a downed website you are trying to access.

One of a set of tools we are providing to everyone as a way of saying thank you for being a part of the community.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

The following is a collection of cases for strange behaviour when using advanced techniques in DOS batch files. You should have some basic experience in batch "programming", as I'm assuming some knowledge and not further explain the basics. For some…
TOMORROW TOMORROW.BAT is inspired by a question I get asked over and over again; that is, "How can I use batch file commands to obtain tomorrow's date?" The crux of this batch file revolves around the XCOPY command - a technique I discovered w…
In this video we outline the Physical Segments view of NetCrunch network monitor. By following this brief how-to video, you will be able to learn how NetCrunch visualizes your network, how granular is the information collected, as well as where to f…
Monitoring a network: how to monitor network services and why? Michael Kulchisky, MCSE, MCSA, MCP, VTSP, VSP, CCSP outlines the philosophy behind service monitoring and why a handshake validation is critical in network monitoring. Software utilized …

728 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question