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Greeting,

I have the following code in VS2012 Console application. When I ran it, the command window just hangs... Any Suggestions?

Sub Main()
        Dim proc As New Process()
        Dim timeout As Integer = 10000
        proc.StartInfo.CreateNoWindow = True
        proc.StartInfo.WindowStyle = ProcessWindowStyle.Hidden
        proc.StartInfo.FileName = "c:/MyFile.bat"
        proc.StartInfo.RedirectStandardError = True
        proc.StartInfo.RedirectStandardOutput = True
        proc.StartInfo.UseShellExecute = False

        proc.Start()
        proc.WaitForExit(timeout)

        Dim errorMessage As String = proc.StandardError.ReadToEnd()
        proc.WaitForExit()
        If errorMessage = String.Empty Then
            Console.WriteLine("Success")
        Else
            Console.WriteLine("Failed: " & errorMessage)
        End If
    End Sub


Thanks in advance.
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I can think of two reasons:  1) the .bat file does not exist and the program is not throwing an exception for no file and 2) the .bat file does not contain any instructions for the program to execute.
  I had the same issue (trying your code) and when I gave the bat file an instruction to execute, the program operated normally.  However, if your batch file has some content, perhaps that content is forcing the window to hang while it waits for some input or process completion.
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The window will still hang even I have already set timeout?
Thanks.
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Yes.  The program first tries to start the process for the batch file, and then wait for that to finish before moving to the timeout.  If you placed your timeout first, the window would stop for the timeout and then move to start the batch file process and would, most likely, hang there as well.  
  Does your batch file have any commands in it? That is where your issue is at.
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Yes, the batch file execute a program which stored on the network. I'm working from home today but vpn to company network. Should be fine....

One more question, Can I execute the command directly within the console app other than calling the bat?

Thanks.
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You can.  If you are trying to call the app while using vb.net to run some other processes you could try:

>>place the following line outside the main function:
Declare Function sys Lib "msvcrt.dll" Alias "system" (ByVal command As String) As Integer

>>then in the function where you wish to call the batch file add the following line:
sys("C:\MyFile.Bat")

If you happen to get a IPStackImbalance error; this is easily overcome by selecting Debug->Exceptions->Managed Debugging Assistants and deselecting ContextSwitchDeadlock and PInvokeStackImbalance checkboxes.

this information/solution was found at:  http://jakash3.wordpress.com/2010/02/07/execute-system-command-within-vb-console-app/
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http://stackoverflow.com/questions/10880198/pinvokestackimbalance-was-detected-visual-basic-2010
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