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VB6 Shell function works in ide but not in exe

I have a simple VB program to make CAB files using the makefile.exe utility that ships with windows.  The program runs without error and makes the cab files specified when I run it through the IDE. When I compile it, the makefile.exe utility fails to make the cab files but does not show any errors.  I tried the built in VB shell function, and the ShellExecute API with the same results.  To debug, I wrote a batch program in the application with a pause command after the makecab.exe command to see what is happening.  The makefile.exe seems to run and displays the same output that I see when I run it manually from a cmd prompt, it just does not make the cab file.

dim i as integer
i = FreeFile
Open "C:\DIRS\RMakeCab.bat" For Output As #i
Print #i, "@echo off"
Print #i, "cls"
Print #i, "call makecab.exe /f  " & "C:\DIRS\dirsends.ddf"
Print #i, "pause"
Close #i

dim x as long
x = ShellExecute(Me.hwnd, "", "C:\DIRS\RMakeCab.bat", "", "", SW_HIDE)
'x = Shell("makecab.exe /f  " & dirsends.ddf", vbHide) 'tried both...

Any ideas on what I'm missing here would be greatly appreciated...
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AndyAinscowFreelance programmer / ConsultantCommented:
Two things I can suggest.
First don't use the 'hide' whilst testing - maybe you see some feedback with that about a problem
second try \\ instead of \
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Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]Billing EngineerCommented:
>it just does not make the cab file.
I think it actually DOES the cab file, but maybe not in the folder you think it does ...
please check if the cab file is created in the folder where makefile is located ...
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aikimarkCommented:
Does the makefile.exe proper execution depend on the current directory?  If so, that should be part of the batch file.
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ArkCommented:
The makefile.exe seems to run and displays the same output that I see when I run it manually from a cmd prompt,
It's strange because you include @echo off command into bat file. And second, you must specify path to the  dirsends.ddf in VB Shell function:
x = Shell("makecab.exe /f  " & "C:\DIRS\dirsends.ddf", vbHide)
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IT-EdAuthor Commented:
From further testing I've discovered that it has nothing to do with the VB IDE or the paths in the code, I am running the exe from a mapped network drive.  When I compile it locally it works fine, I need it to run from the mapped drive for several users so I still need to figure  out a way to get to run from the network drive...
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IT-EdAuthor Commented:
Okay, solved the problem by adding a ChDrive "c" statement before executing makecab.exe
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aikimarkCommented:
@IT-Ed

I think it would be better to accept the comments from Ark and aikimark, as these are the comments related to the path and current directory at run time.

Including your comment, http:#a39828738 , should be your closing/accepting comment.
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IT-EdAuthor Commented:
Problem solved...
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