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

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Hello,
   I'm not exactly sure if the title makes sense or not but any input would be appreciated. Thanks
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sharkbot221984 earned 668 total points
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Yes. A plaintext file with a .bat or .cmd extension will be executed by the shell program -usually COMMAND.  Typically used for 'batch' scripting.
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by:sharkbot221984
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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
pause

change the extension to .bat

you'll get the same thing.
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by:Kidwell_03
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I agree with sharkbot221984.  Any plaintext file with a .bat or. cmd extenstion can be executed via powershell.
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by:sn1fflez
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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

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by:rdhoore108
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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))
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by:Bill Prew
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==> 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?

~bp
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by:Thommy
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You can execute a batch script from a batch script by using CALL command as follows...

Call C:\Program\INT_Fortran_ComLink.cmd

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by:sn1fflez
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sorry it took me so long to respond. I eventually got it to work and what you guys said helped a lot. Thanks
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