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I am trying to create a batch to run a program for a specific length of time, then kill the program and restart it.  My batch file so far is:

:start
taskkill /f /im pandora.exe                                   (if pgm running, kill it)
ping -n 10 -w 1000 127.0.0.1 > nul                     (wait a specified time before restarting)
c:\progra~1\pandora\pandora.exe                     (starts or restarts the program)
ping -n 10 -w 1000 127.0.0.1 > nul                     (wait a specified time then loop the batch file)
goto start

The batch file works fine until it starts the program.  The program runs fine, but never goes to the next line in the batch file to start the timer to begin the loop to stop the program again.

Any ideas?
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Hi gboo19,

you can use 'start' command, i.e.:
start c:\progra~1\pandora\pandora.exe

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If it's a console program and you want to supress the new created DOS window you can add a '/B' like i.e.:
start /B c:\progra~1\pandora\pandora.exe

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Hope that helps,

ZOPPO
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Perfect!  Exactly the fix i needed.  Thanks!
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You're welcome - I'm glad I could help.

Have a nice day,

best regards,

ZOPPO
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