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    opening files

    system("FarCry.exe");
    wont start fracry unless its in the same folder is there any other way to start a program outside the folder the .exe is in?

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    Put the path of the exe in the system call
    Woop?

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    Having said said, you should also be aware of the options and pitfalls

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    it still does not work, it compiles allright but when i try and run it, it does not open the file i added system("pause"); to see what was wrong 'C://Docuaments' is not recognized as an internal or external command
    operable program or batch file.
    does anyone know how to fix this
    Code:
    #include <iostream>
    using namespace std;
    int main()
    {
        system("C:\\Docuaments And Settings\\wmorrish\\destop\\a.txt");
        system("pause");
    }
    Last edited by cgod; 10-18-2004 at 11:39 PM.

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    maybe if you learned to spell you wouldn't have that problem
    i seem to have GCC 3.3.4
    But how do i start it?
    I dont have a menu for it or anything.

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    yeah..
    i fixed the spelling error but im still getting the same 'C://Documents' is not recognized as an internal or external command
    operable program or batch file

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    you are using the forward slash in your path instead of the backward slash.
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    i tired backward slash to. could someone write an example system("file");
    with path so i can see

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    i just tried this

    Code:
    #include <stdlib.h>
    
    int main(void)
    {
      system("D:\\fasm\\fasmw.exe");
      system("pause");
      return 0; 
    }
    and it works fine
    Last edited by sand_man; 10-19-2004 at 07:49 AM.

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    Maybe system() only works with the 8.3 filename format. Try
    "c:\\docume~1\\wmorrish\\desktop\\a.txt"
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    Just trying to do a system("whatever.txt") command isn't going to do anything right? It would probably say something like "invalid command or filename". Shouldn't it be more along the lines of system("notepad.exe whatever.txt") or you can maybe use the ShellExecute function? You can run things like EXEs that way but to open something like a document requires a little bit more.
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    wow thanks the
    Code:
    "c:\\docume~1\\wmorrish\\desktop\\a.txt"
    worked what does the docume~1 mean?

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    wow... first you want to copy a program, then you want to restart the system and now you want to run another program using the system call... maybe you could instead write a program to write a batch file or registry key and turn off (possibly crash?) the computer so whenever somebody turns it back on, your batch file/registry key runs a program that then does whatever it wants
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    >>what does the docume~1 mean?
    It's how a filename or path is represented when the actual filename exceeds 8 characters. If you have "asdfasdf" it will just be "asdfasdf", but if you have "asdfasdffdsafdsa" then it will be "asdfas~1".
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