How to run a .bat file from a vb.net app in Windows Mobile?
Posted on 2014-09-04
For years we have been using the code below to run a batch file on a shared LAN network drive, running our warehouse app on the Motorola 9190 with Windows CE:
psWork8 = "\\accserv2008\c\ginscanfiles\runwx.bat"
Dim myProcess As Process = System.Diagnostics.Process.Start(psWork8, "0")
Catch ex As Exception
psWork4 = "Cannot run process file!"
But now when I try to do this same thing running on the Motorola MC67 with Windows Embedded Mobile 6.5, the procedure will no longer work, and I get that error.
The scanner definitely IS properly connected to the LAN share wirelessly. In fact, some previous statements actually copy files from the scanner to the share, and that part works fine. Apparently it is dying on the "Dim myProcess" statement, according to multiple messagebox.show commands I inserted for testing. I don’t know what the actual error is, because as you can see, I have inserted a user-friendly message in the catch area. If I should find out what the exact error is, what kind of syntax should I use in the catch area in place of my comment about "Cannot run process file!'?
This is the exact same code I use in our warehouse app that runs on Motorola 9190s using Windows CE with no problem. It has worked fine for years. That’s where I got this code, adding it to my new app running on the MC67 with WM 6.5.
The next test I did was to deploy my warehouse app on the MC67, and I found that it errors out exactly the same way. Not so on a 9190 on CE6; it fails only on the MC67 running WM 6.5. So, all this makes me think maybe there is some kind of gotcha with WM 6.5.
Next I changed it to run a batch file locally on the scanner itself, in \my documents, just in case this is a network issue. But I got the same error, where the try-catch errors out and shows my “Cannot run process file” message. This makes me wonder if maybe WM 6.5 doesn’t like running .bat files any more, or something along that line.
Has Microsoft somehow taken away the ability to run a batch file from WM 6.5? If that is what this is all about, what can be done to replace that functionality? TIA