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XP Schedule Batch file

by 10finch46 / January 1, 2009 12:31 PM PST

I have my schedules running properly for WSFTP uploading, but have a problem running a batch file.

In Task [ C:\BatchFile\Ftp.bat ]
Run as Administrator
X - Enable (schedual task runs at specified time)
Schedule task Weekly / 12.01 Am / Every 1 week / on Wed & Sat
All permissions = Yes

Any suggestions as to what I am doing wrong.


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Does that Administrator account ...
by Edward ODaniel / January 2, 2009 7:47 AM PST
In reply to: XP Schedule Batch file

have a password.

most scheduled tasks require the user password and just don't "like" a blank one.

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by 10finch46 / January 2, 2009 10:09 AM PST

Thanks for your idea, but the Scheduled task has a administrator password.

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Does the account you scheduled the task from ...
by Edward ODaniel / January 3, 2009 4:47 AM PST
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have a password?

Read -
Scheduled Tasks cannot run with a blank password

Another cause for scheduled batch files failure to run is that the FULL PATHS must be in the batch files -

REN C:\Logs\default_server_stdout.log default_server_stdout%dd%%mm%%yyyy%.log

rather than this:
REN default_server_stdout.log default_server_stdout%dd%%mm%%yyyy%.log

You might try scheduling CMD /k to run interactively then run your batch file manually to see the errors.

Also, since you are scheduling an FTP file transfer why not simplify things and just use the command line FTP within the batch file?


Transfers files to and from a computer running an FTP server service (sometimes called a daemon). Ftp can be used interactively. See ftp commands for a description of available ftp commands. This command is available only if the TCP/IP protocol has been installed.
ftp [-v] [-d] [-i] [-n] [-g] [-s:filename] [-a] [-w:
windowsize] [computer]


Suppresses display of remote server responses.
Suppresses auto-login upon initial connection.
Turns off interactive prompting during multiple file transfers.
Enables debugging, displaying all ftp commands passed between the client and server.
Disables filename globbing, which permits the use of wildcard chracters in local file and path names. (See the glob command in the online Command Reference.)

Specifies a text file containing ftp commands; the commands will automatically run after ftp starts. No spaces are allowed in this parameter. Use this switch instead of redirection (>).
Use any local interface when binding data connection.
Overrides the default transfer buffer size of 4096.
Specifies the computer name or IP address of the remote computer to connect to. The computer, if specified, must be the last parameter on the line.

More Information About Ftp

Example using commands file:

ftp -s:upload_files -- this starts FTP and automatically runs all the commands in the delphi_up file which consists of the following:

upload_files contents:

cd web
cd Graphics
lcd N:\temp\test
mput *.*

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Working, thanks
by 10finch46 / January 3, 2009 1:33 PM PST

Thank you for your suggestion and I have the scheduled batch file running by changing the file length to 8 characters, which seems to be related to the length of a Dos name.

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