Help using the cmd prompt (Vista)

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    Help using the cmd prompt (Vista)

    Hello, I need help using the command prompt to run my program and obtain the output. My program is supposed to echo the input one word per line, via getchar and putchar functions.

    The format of the cmd prompt line is supposed to be something like "C:\CS539>lab2a.exe<lab2ain.txt>lab2aout.txt" where lab2ain.txt is the input file, and lab2aout.txt is the output file that gets created.

    However, when I run the command prompt on vista I get"C:\Users\Matthew>" and I do not know how to alter it to the correct format.

    My program is under C: -> Users -> Matthew -> Visual Studio 2008 -> Projects -> lab2a -> Debug -> lab2a.exe

    Any help would be highly appreciated, thanks in advance. I just simply want to know the correct command prompt usage to run my program.

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    The command "cd" changes the current directory. So you've got the Users and Matthew for free, you have to do the rest of it:
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    cd "Visual Studio 2008\Projects\lab2a\Debug"
    You can run it there, or if you need to move the file, well, there's a command called move.

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    I'd suggest learning how to use the command prompt a little more if you're going to be writing software.
    windows command line tutorial - Google Search
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    Quote Originally Posted by cpjust View Post
    I'd suggest learning how to use the command prompt a little more if you're going to be writing software.
    windows command line tutorial - Google Search
    Oh now you've done it.... (puts on anti-Elysia guards)

    But yes, generally you do need to know how to operate a computer if you want to make it do things (and no, clicking does not qualify).

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    Quote Originally Posted by tabstop View Post
    The command "cd" changes the current directory. So you've got the Users and Matthew for free, you have to do the rest of it:
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    cd "Visual Studio 2008\Projects\lab2a\Debug"
    You can run it there, or if you need to move the file, well, there's a command called move.
    Thank you very much, that is everything I needed. And yes, I am a complete newbie with the command prompt, and this is the first time I've tried running my program by using it. Thank you again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tabstop View Post
    Oh now you've done it.... (puts on anti-Elysia guards)
    LOL! Well I didn't say using the Command Prompt is all you need to know. (puts on anti-MK27 guards)
    Last edited by cpjust; 09-26-2009 at 09:30 PM.
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