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Run Application within an Access Macro

Posted on 2016-10-06
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Very simply, I am trying to have an Access Macro launch a .bat file as a first step before moving on to other tasks in the macro. I have tried a number of variations to the command line syntax to enter into Access and not having any luck.

I can get the CMD window to open, I can get it to change directories, but I cannot get it to run the batch file

I've tried:

CMD /k cd \53processing\parse.bat
CMD /k ""cd \53processing" "parse.bat""
CMD /k C:\53processing\parse.bat

and probably 3-4 other variations I've found online, none are working.
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The first two will fail:
1. You can't "cd" into a file
2. "cd \53processing" isn't (in all likelihood) a valid command.
The third version should actually run the batch, provided the file "C:\53processing\parse.bat" does exist. With the /k, the prompt will remain open, and you should be able to see potential errors. Note that the script's working directory will probably not be its own directory, so any processing the batch does with relative paths might fail.
To change the directory and then run the bat from there, try
CMD /k cd /d "C:\53processing"&parse.bat

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If you want your macro to continue automatically after the batch is done, you need to replace the /k with /c.
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Worked perfectly...thank you!
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