calling batch files

This is a discussion on calling batch files within the C Programming forums, part of the General Programming Boards category; I have recently completed a command line based (DOS) test automation system which consists of various batch files calling C ...

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    I have recently completed a command line based (DOS) test automation system which consists of various batch files calling C programs. I am now attermpting to create a GUI wrapper for this system in C++ to make it more user friendly.

    I want to know whether you can call batch files through the 'system("batchfile")' function call ? If not the how do you call batch files from C programs ?

    bigSteve

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    >I want to know whether you can call batch files through
    >the 'system("batchfile")' function call
    You'd find out pretty quick if you tried it, wouldn't you?

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    Why don't you try and find out yourself.
    What I know is that there are lot of ways to call batch files.
    For example: _execv, _execl, CreateProcess (this one is more difficult but very powerful).

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    Thankyou both for your 'useful' replies - makes me feel proud to be a member of the board.

    Seriously though, I have tried (of course) to call batch files like this: system("call batchfilename") BUT it does not work.

    Any other ideas ?

    bigSteve

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    Keep trying because it should work...
    Code:
    system("C:\\test.bat arg1 arg2");
    This works fine on my machine.

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    >Thankyou both for your 'useful' replies
    Perhaps you should do some research before asking a question then. You'll get fewer sarcastic remarks.

    >I have tried (of course) to call batch files like this: system("call
    >batchfilename") BUT it does not work.
    Because call is a batch command and system is a command line function. All you have to do is give system the path and file name of the batch file:
    system ( "C:\\SomeDirectory\\someBatch.bat" );

    And any arguments that it needs.

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