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Regarding Executing a batch file in Java

S. Vijay
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Joined: Jul 10, 2009
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Hi Everyone

I have a question in the below code. I am trying to run a "server.bat" in a specified location. The batch file runs and waits for multiple clients and it stops when we close it. Now my problem is when I run the below code my server is running perfectly but the program waits for the batch to complete inspite of me not giving waitfor method for the process. My program shouldn't wait for the batch file to complete. It has to run the command in a new window and control the other flow of program which is not done here in this program. Can anyone help me whats the problem is?

Thanks for your help
Rob Spoor

Joined: Oct 27, 2005
Posts: 20184

You are still waiting for the process to finish, as that's the only moment when the process' output will end. So the JavaWorld article "When Runtime.exec() won't" is still valid here -- read from the error stream as well.

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Campbell Ritchie

Joined: Oct 13, 2005
Posts: 45289
As Rob says, you will block your output if you don't empty both streams, but it appears to be the output stream you are forgetting, and the error stream you are reading from.

By the way: reserve System.exit(0) for normal termination; use System.exit(i) where i is a non-zero int for abnormal termination, as you have in your catch block.
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