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KnowledgeBase 00022: Executing Commands on the AccuTerm Client

Last updated: 22 Jul 2016
Applies to: All versions
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Overview

Sometimes it is useful to execute commands on the client PC from a QM terminal session. The AccuTerm terminal emulator, bundled with commercial QM licences, includes the ability to execute either synchronous and asynchronous commands.

This article gives a simple example of how to use this feature. The general principles may be applicable to other terminal emulators.


Executing an Asynchronous Command

To execute an asynchronous command where the program running in the AccuTerm session continues in parallel with the executed command, the application must send a sequence
    ESC STX < command CR
to the terminal.

For example, the following program fragment would start Excel to process an item stored in c:\docs\sales.csv.

prog = '"c:\program files\microsoft office\office11\excel.exe"' 
file = 'c:\docs\sales.csv' 
crt char(27):char(2):'< ' : prog : ' ' : file : char(13) : 

When using a terminal type with the -at suffix for AccuTerm specific features, the third line of the above example can be replaced by

crt @(-108, prog : ' ' : file) : 

This approach has the advantage that the application would be compatible with any terminal emulator for which the @(-108) function has been defined in the terminfo database to return a control code that executes an asynchronous command.


Executing a Synchronous Command

To execute a synchronous command where the program running in the AccuTerm session pauses until the executed command terminates, the application must send a sequence
    ESC STX > command CR
to the terminal.

For example, the following program fragment would start Excel to process an item stored in c:\docs\sales.csv and wait for the user to exit from Excel.

prog = '"c:\program files\microsoft office\office11\excel.exe"' 
file = 'c:\docs\sales.csv' 
crt char(27):char(2):'> ' : prog : ' ' : file : char(13) : 

When using a terminal type with the -at suffix for AccuTerm specific features, the third line of the above example can be replaced by

crt @(-109, prog : ' ' : file) : 

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