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start can't distinguish title and command/program when double-quotes is used

Today, I tried to start a simple script in a separate window when I bumped into a problem with Windows XP's "start" command. I executed the following command on the command-line and guess what happened?

start "C:\transfer\briefcase\Cyrah Tasks\Daily Browsing\Execute.cmd"

It started a new Command Prompt, but nothing happened. It left me at the prompt. The title bar of the Command Prompt shows "C:\transfer\briefcase\Cyrah Tasks\Daily Browsing\Execute.cmd".

Odd. I turns out that you can specify a title for the Command Prompt when you surround it with double-quotes ("). But I have to use the double-quotes with the path because it contains spaces. So the "start" command thought I was just specifying a title.

To get around this problem, simply specify a title in addition to the command/program. For example:

start "Task Execution" "C:\transfer\briefcase\Cyrah Tasks\Daily Browsing\Execute.cmd"

It was easy to work around, but it took me a while to figure out the actual problem.

Chieh Cheng
Mon, 21 Dec 2009 19:22:07 +0000

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