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From André Warnier>
Subject Re: Starting tomcat7w from batch file
Date Mon, 18 Mar 2013 16:03:56 GMT
Harris, Jeffrey E. wrote:
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: David kerber []
>> Sent: Monday, March 18, 2013 11:33 AM
>> To: Tomcat Users List
>> Subject: Re: Starting tomcat7w from batch file
>>>>>>> tells me I have a bad parameter. For example:
>>>>>>> start "C:\Program Files (x86)\Apache Software Foundation\Tomcat
>>>>>>> 7.0\bin\tomcat7w.exe" //MS//Small-55009
>>>>>>> tells me "Invalid switch - "/".
>>>>>>> Removing one of the leading slashes returns 'Invalid switch
>> "/MS"'
>>>>>>> I have tried it without the "start", and have tried removing
>>>>>>> of the leading slashes. I couldn't find anything in the TC online
>>>>>>> docs either.
>>>>>>> What am I missing here?
>>>>>> Did you try :
>>>>>> start "C:\Program Files (x86)\Apache Software Foundation\Tomcat
>>>>>> 7.0\bin\tomcat7w.exe //MS//Small-55009"
>>>>> Yes.  That doesn't throw an error, but doesn't start the monitor
>>>>> either.
>>>>>> You might also try searching Google for "windows cmd quoting
>> rules"
>>>>>> And are you sure that it is tomcat7w.exe that must be started, not
>>>>>> tomcat7.exe ?
>>>>> Yes, it's the service monitor I'm trying to start, not the tomcat
>>>>> server.
>>>> Next guess then : the "monitor" tomcat7w.exe is not itself a
>> Service,
>>>> it is just an application, no ? Doesn't "start" refer to Services
>>>> only ?
>>> Nope, it's a kind of "do it" program that allows you to launch
>>> programs with/without a terminal, minimized, etc.
>> Yeah, what he said.  In this usage, "Start" tells a windows batch file
>> to start the specified program and continue on, rather than waiting for
>> it to finish, as it would if you started it with "call" or with just
>> the program name.  I'm trying to have a single batch file start the
>> various tomcat7w instances for the TC services, rather than having to
>> create a shortcut for each one and copy it into the startup group.
> start "" "D:\Tomcat 7.0\bin\tomcat7w.exe" //MS//Tomcat7
> See

Judging by that thread though, there appears to be as many different suggestions as 
people.. ;-)
Windows's CMD shell has so many quirks in general, that it is really hard to figure out 
how it will handle a command-line.
It`s almost worth installing a Windows bash port just to avoid it.
Not that I've ever tried it though.

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