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We're trying to write a simple BAT script that we can run that will check for a running program and then either 1) run that program if it is not running or 2) do nothing if it is already running. We found this .bat online but it isn't working as it opens a new instance regardless of whether the program is running or not:

Code:
del search.log 

tasklist /FI "IMAGENAME eq notepad.exe" /FO CSV > search.log

FOR /F %%A IN (search.log) DO IF %%-zA EQU 0 GOTO end

start C:\\Windows\
otepad.exe

:end
I am admittedly poor at programing so I really have no idea why this isn't working.
Edited by IEATFISH - 5/10/11 at 2:08pm
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post #2 of 13
err...

I never was much of a batch guy...
Edited by RonindeBeatrice - 5/10/11 at 2:15pm
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by RonindeBeatrice View Post
err
Hmmm, didn't work... Any other ideas?
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post #4 of 13
Move del search.log from the beginning to the end of the file
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Code:
tasklist /FI "IMAGENAME eq notepad.exe" /FO CSV > search.log

FOR /F %%A IN (search.log) DO IF %%-zA EQU 0 GOTO end

start C:\\Windows\
otepad.exe

:end

del search.log
like so
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post #6 of 13
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Seventh Badger View Post
Code:
tasklist /FI "IMAGENAME eq notepad.exe" /FO CSV > search.log

FOR /F %%A IN (search.log) DO IF %%-zA EQU 0 GOTO end

start C:\\Windows\
otepad.exe

:end

del search.log
like so
We had done that originally, and even had it removed so we could see the log. Either way it wasn't working but we'll try again.
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post #7 of 13
I think
Edited by RonindeBeatrice - 5/10/11 at 2:27pm
    
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post #8 of 13
Oh! Also, change
Code:
start C:\\Windows\
otepad.exe
to
Code:
start notepad.exe
Didn't see that before.
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post #9 of 13
One more thing... lol

This
Code:
%%-zA
should be this
Code:
%%~zA
Sorry for all the posts lol
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post #10 of 13
Thread Starter 
I'm not sure how the path change will help as notepad starts just fine with the full path. The issue is that the program (notepad in this case) is opening no matter whether it is already open or not. The script is only supposed to start the program if it is not already running. Also, changing it to a ~ doesn't fix anything, it won't open notepad at all if we do that.

BUT GOOD NEWS! We got another script working we found:

Code:
@echo off
set tempfile=bdw.txt

cd "C:\\Users\\Administrator\\Desktop\\Images for LED Box"

del %tempfile%
tasklist > %tempfile%
type %tempfile% | find /i "notepad.exe"
if errorlevel 0 if not errorlevel 1 goto IsRunning
start notepad.exe

:exit
del %tempfile%
exit

:IsRunning
echo IsRunning
goto exit
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