Can't escape this complex command correctly so it will run properly

  1. Posts : 9
    Windows 10

    Can't escape this complex command correctly so it will run properly

    I am creating a new right click context menu entry. It's located here: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shell\FileUtilities\shell\a_addtofolder

    The script uses Powershell, singleinstance.exe (GitHub - zenden2k/context-menu-launcher: Select multiple files from Windows Explorer menu and launch just one instance of process), and run-hidden.exe (GitHub - stax76/run-hidden: run-hidden allows running console apps with hidden console window.), so it's gonna be a long command. :)

    Right now, this command works:
    "C:\Tools\scripts\singleinstance.exe" "%1" "powershell.exe" -file "C:\Tools\scripts\AddSelectionToFolderSI.ps1" $files --si-timeout 250
    This is what I need, but it doesn't work:
    "C:\Tools\scripts\PATH\run-hidden.exe" "C:\Tools\scripts\singleinstance.exe" "%1" "powershell.exe" -file "C:\Tools\scripts\AddSelectionToFolderSI.ps1" $files --si-timeout 250
    Logically this is what I want to happen:

    run-hidden.exe > calls singleinstance.exe "%1" > calls powershell.exe -file "C:\Tools\scripts\AddSelectionToFolderSI.ps1" $files > --si-timeout 250

    --si-timeout 250 is an argument associated with singleinstance.exe. It's a short timer to allow multiple files to be passed to powershell (kind of like if the script was called from the SendTo menu)

    Could really use any help!

    Thanks much.
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  2. Posts : 1,378

    In your second code snippet ...
    The run-hidden.exe program is given 8 arguments:
    1 --> C:\Tools\scripts\singleinstance.exe
    2 --> %1
    3 --> powershell.exe
    4 --> -file
    5 --> C:\Tools\scripts\AddSelectionToFolderSI.ps1
    6 --> $files I don't know what this is.
    7 --> --si-timeout
    8 --> 250

    What does the run-hidden program do with these 8 arguments?
    Without knowing that it's not easy to find a solution.
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  3. MaloK's Avatar
    Posts : 1,027
    Windows 7


    I cannot find Run-Hidden.exe anywhere, so it's quite difficult to try...

    Wouldn't be easier to use a Bat2Cmd utility and create an executable that run hidden, I do that often and it's very good.

    My favourite is Bat To Exe Converter (64 Bit) - Download

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  4. Posts : 9
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter

    Thanks all for the replies!

    I actually got it to work with this:

    C:\Tools\scripts\singleinstance.exe "%1" run-hidden powershell.exe -file C:\Tools\scripts\AddSelectionToFolderSI.ps1 $files --si-timeout 250
    Many thanks to the dudes at Superuser for pointing me in the right direction. The key was putting singleinstance.exe first in the chain.
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