The Windows command that you wish to run.
Default = .T. If .T., Display window. If .F., Hide window.
Default = -1. Length in milliseconds to wait before timing out. -1 = INFINITE.
Default = .F.. If a timeout occurs and this parameter is set to true, the created process will be terminated. Note that SYS_SHELL_WAIT_RESULT sends a signal to exit by calling the .Net function Process.CloseMainWindow(). If that function returns false or does not exit within 100 milliseconds, a signal is sent to the console using the Win32 function GenerateConsoleCtrlEvent(). If the application does not close 200 milliseconds after that signal, Process.Kill() is called to terminate the process. All of this complexity is to prevent handles from remaining locked. Process.Kill() may not release handles gracefully.
Run a program and wait until the program closes before returning.
The SYS_SHELL_WAIT_RESULT() function runs a command and waits until it is completed before returning control to Alpha Anywhere. The status of the command is returned on the first line. Possible values are SUCCESS, ERROR, TIMEOUT and EXCEPTION. Error and/or standard output of the command is returned on the following lines depending on the result of the command.
When used in web or mobile applications, you cannot run any programs with SYS_SHELL_WAIT_RESULT() that require user input. SYS_SHELL_WAIT_RESULT() is executed on the Application Server in web and mobile applications, and the user cannot interact with the script.
If the command succeeds, the first line of output will have SUCCESS as its content. In the following example, we are invoking ping.exe to check for a response from www.google.com.
x = sys_shell_wait_result("ping www.google.com -n 2", .f., 3000, .t.) ?x = SUCCESS Pinging www.google.com [220.127.116.11] with 32 bytes of data: Reply from 18.104.22.168: bytes=32 time=10ms TTL=115 Reply from 22.214.171.124: bytes=32 time=10ms TTL=115 ...
If the command exit code is non-zero or returns standard error output, the first line of output will have ERROR as its content. In the following example, we are invoking the DIR command, but have invalid syntax that looks like an unrecognized parameter (switch).
x = sys_shell_wait_result("dir *.*\/", .f., 500, .t.) ?x = ERROR Invalid switch - "".
If you provide a timeout greater than zero, and the command takes longer than that number of milliseconds, the first line of output will have TIMEOUT as its content. If the function times out and the value of TerminateOnTimeout is set to true, the invoked process is terminated. If the function times out and the value of TerminateOnTimeout is set to false, the process is abandoned. The value of the timeout is returned on the second line. In the example below, the command is given only a millisecond to complete and a timeout is forced.
x = sys_shell_wait_result("ping www.google.com", .f., 1, .t.) ?x = TIMEOUT 1
If an exception happens while starting or handling the process or the standard error output begins with "Unhandled Exception:", the first line of output will have EXCEPTION as its content. The contents of standard error and then standard output (if any) will be returned on the following lines. In the example below, the command calls a test program that always throws an unhandled exception.
x = sys_shell_wait_result("c:\temp\throwexception.exe", .f., 1500, .t.) ?x = EXCEPTION Unhandled Exception: System.Exception: This is a test exception. at ThrowException.Program.Main(String args)