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Old 11-08-2008, 04:13 AM   #1
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can I start a windows application


Hello, I am working with legacy software on a linux server. I use a bespoke terminal emulator/telnet client called TBredComm which is installed on Windows. A feature of TBredComm is its ability to 'start a windows application'
e.g. if my application (on linux) does this:-
PRINT 'OB',"c:\windows\notepad.exe",'OE'
notepad starts on my windows desktop. ('OB' AND 'OE' are just escape codes to tell the emulator what to do)
This feature allows me to start windows vb scripts, to automatically pull data from linux and to automate word, excel, outlook etc.

THE PROBLEM:
TBredComm is expensive so I would like to work with something freeware (like PuTTY).

Does anyone know of other emulators that do this?

is there a way of achieving this directly from linux (actually Centos) ?
this would be the preferred option because I could use it with any telnet-SSh client.

tia

Steve Bowden
 
Old 11-08-2008, 04:56 AM   #2
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Have you tired...

http://www.cygwin.com/

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Old 11-08-2008, 04:56 AM   #3
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It doesn't feel to me like you need anythign special at all. you just want to run a command remotely without manually entering it?

ssh user@server commandhere

for example
 
Old 11-08-2008, 07:12 AM   #4
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thanks for the response

I have looked at cygwin but it is not what I need (i think)

as for ssh user@server command, will this start a task on the windows client?

Steve
 
Old 11-08-2008, 11:31 AM   #5
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how does cygwin fit into this? you want a way to run somethign over telnet / ssh? what do you have on the windows side already??
 
Old 11-10-2008, 04:12 AM   #6
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This is the problem in more detail.

My legacy software (on the linux server, accessed via PuTTY from a windows XP PC) creates a tmp.vbs (windows scripting host) file containing all the commands to open and populate an excel spreadsheet (or word doc). I have a transfer.vbs script file on the windows XP PC which:-

1) opens an FTP connection to the linux server
2) transfers the tmp.vbs file from linux to windows
3) 'runs' the tmp.vbs file (and the spreadsheet appears in windows)

I need a way of issuing a linux command which starts the transfer.vbs script on the XP PC

I can do this using the bespoke terminal emulator (TBREDCOMM) by using its built in Mnemonics but I need to do this while using PuTTY

tia

Steve
 
Old 11-10-2008, 04:21 AM   #7
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I'm even more confused... you connect TO linux FROM windows with putty? Yet you want a command to run on Linux to PUSH a file to windows?

If we put aside your current solutions, you need to just copy a file from Linux to Windows and run it? that just sounds like a bog standard ftp batch file to me. What's making this so much more complex that I'm reading it as?
 
Old 11-10-2008, 06:36 AM   #8
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On the Linux server use 'scp' (SSH copy) to move the file from Linux to Windows.
Then run from Linux some script to initiate an SSH session (needs proper SSH setup in terms of password) to run the script on Windows - assuming that there is some application on Windows that can launched from a command-line in a meaningful way.

Then again, you could write some script on Windows to get the file from the Linux server, and then simply launch the retrieved script by whatever application you want.

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