On Windows, the Shell() function does not function properly when executing batch files with spaces in their name and when performing file redirections.
To reproduce :
Create an example.bat in C:\Dir with Spaces with these lines :
C:\Test\helloworld.exe > c:\test\output.txt
where helloworld.exe is an executable in C:\Test that displays the string Hello World! to the standard output.
Then in LibreOffice, create the following macro :
' These ones don't work
Shell("C:\Dir with Spaces\example.bat", 4, "", True)
'Shell("C:\Dir%20with%20Spaces\example.bat", 4, "", True)
'Shell("file:///C:/Dir%20with%20Spaces/example.bat", 4, "", True)
'Shell("""C:\Dir with Spaces\example.bat""", 4, "", True)
' This one works
'Shell("C:\Dir_with_Spaces\example.bat", 4, "", True)
Executing the Test macro with any of the four first methods above always produce an empty c:\Temp\output.txt file (file is created but does not contain anything).
The last one works, when the batch file name does not contain any space.
Created attachment 51419 [details]
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