Multiple shell commands

J. Landman Gay jacque at
Sat Nov 6 11:00:52 CST 2004

I want to send two commands to a command-line app using shell() on 
Win98. The first needs to change directories, and then I need to issue a 
command to a DOS app. Both of these work okay if I type them into the 
DOS prompt window.

When I try to send them via shell() it always fails with "too many 
parameters". I think I'm having trouble with quote marks, but I don't 
know enough about shell on Windows to figure it out. Here are the 
commands I want to send:

cd "C:\Program Files\Conversion Software\w32-rbmake-1.1\"

rbMake -ebjTs -otest "C:\Program Files\Conversion Software\README.txt"

How would you format these? I tried using single quotes around the file 
paths but it doesn't work. Omitting the quotes entirely also fails, even 
if I only send the first line. I have also read that we can use "&" to 
join and send multiple commands to shell() but when I try it, I still 
get "too many parameters" with the "&" shown as the culprit.

Anyone know how to do this?

Jacqueline Landman Gay         |     jacque at
HyperActive Software           |

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