why i am not getting any exception stack track

I have built a java class which is being called in another class what I am noticing is that the whole code is executing without throwing any exception even when the input file is not there in the directory. This is causing lot of issues for me.

How can I ensure that some exception or stacktrace is printed when the file is not found in this code that I have written

import java.io.BufferedReader;
import java.io.FileNotFoundException;
import java.io.IOException;
import java.io.InputStreamReader;

public class RunBatchFile {

      private String filename=null;
      private String filelocation=null;
      public RunBatchFile(String filename) {
            // TODO Auto-generated constructor stub
      public void runcommand()
        Process p=Runtime.getRuntime().exec("cmd /c " +  filename);
        BufferedReader reader=new BufferedReader(
            new InputStreamReader(p.getInputStream())
        String line;
        while((line = reader.readLine()) != null)

    catch(IOException e1) {
          System.err.println("An IOException was caught!");
    catch(InterruptedException e2) {System.out.println(e2.getMessage());}


import java.io.FileNotFoundException;
import java.io.IOException;

public class TestBatch {

      public TestBatch() {
            // TODO Auto-generated constructor stub

      public static void main(String[] args) {
            // TODO Auto-generated method stub
            RunBatchFile r1= new RunBatchFile("C://automation//triggerfile.bat");


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You're reading stdout (there might not be any) but not stderr (there might be some)
The reason you're not getting a stacktrace is because there's no exception.

What you are doing is running "cmd /c <file>".  Java successfully runs that command for you.  If that command fails to do what you want (which in this case is run a batch file) then the command will report that on stderr.  That's not an exception because Java has no visibility into what "cmd" is doing (it's a Windows executable).

So your code is working correctly, but you need to read from stderr to see the error message - which will just be text and then you'll need to parse that text.

(Of course in this case, you can also check whether the file exists before you call "cmd" - then you'd get an exception, but you can't do things like detect if there's an error inside the batch file itself, without reading stderr).

Unfortunately reading from stdout and stderr at the same time isn't too easy.
Fortunately, there is a class ProcessBuilder that can help.

Check out this example - in particular note the redirectErrorStream() call

and you can read about the whole class here:

Hope that helps,


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anshumaEngineeringAuthor Commented:
how can I modify this code i.e check for file whether it exists or not before passing it to the cmd execution. Please share the best practice for it
File f = new File("xxx");
if (f.exists() && f.isFile()) {

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anshumaEngineeringAuthor Commented:
thanks a lot CEHJ and Doug. You both are awesome !!! Very much appreciate your help
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