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From "Mahlen Morris" <>
Subject RE: a possible bug in Exec ?
Date Thu, 12 Oct 2000 19:11:49 GMT
Also, while I haven't tried it, past experience indicates that an exec
on 'cmd /c dir' would be equivalent to doing dir in the command line.
'cmd' is the name of the NT command shell, and '/C' means "Carries out
the command specified by string and then terminates" (from 'help cmd').
The horror of the Twentieth Century is the size of each event and the
paucity of its reverberation.
        --Norman Mailer

-----Original Message-----
From: []
Sent: Thursday, October 12, 2000 12:06 PM
Subject: RE: a possible bug in Exec ?

"dir" is a command of the DOS shell (just like "ls" is usually defined
within your Unix shell), not of the operating system itself.  If you
want to do a "dir", one way to do it is to create a batch file than runs

_file: foo.bat_ 

and run 

<exec dir="." command="foo.bat" os="Windows NT" output="dir.txt" /> 

You could also create a generic batch shell, like: 

_file: dynamic.bat_ 
%1 %2 %3 %4 %5 %6 %7 %8 %9 

and use it for arbitrary DOS commands: 

<exec dir="." command="dynamic.bat dir /w" os="Windows NT"
output="dir.txt" /> 

This isn't a bug in Ant, or even java.lang.Runtime.exec(), but rather a
"feature" of the relation between operating systems and shells.

-----Original Message----- 
From: Andy XueWen Qin [ <> ] 
Sent: Thursday, October 12, 2000 12:34 PM 
Subject: a possible bug in Exec ? 

I'm trying to use exec task on Windows NT, it's very simple 
test build.xml file, but giving out a strange error. When I 
change the dir="." to dir="..", it works fine, any ideas ? 
The ant version I'm using is Ant1.1. 
<?xml version="1.0" ?> 
<project name="test" default="dist" basedir="."> 
  <target name="dist" > 
    <exec dir="." command="dir" os="Windows NT" output="dir.txt" /> 
error message: 
build.xml:4: Error exec: dir CreateProcess: dir error=2 
        at java.lang.Win32Process.<init>(Compiled Code) 
        at java.lang.Runtime.exec(Compiled Code) 
        at java.lang.Runtime.exec( 
        at Code) 
        at Code) 
        at Code) 
        at Code) 

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