I don't know much about Windows any more but I do remember the 'start' command. I think you can launch apps and specify windows attributes on the command line.

Hope it helps.

Hector

-----Original Message-----
From: Robert Klemme [mailto:bob.news / gmx.net]
Sent: Thursday, January 26, 2006 9:18 AM
To: ruby-talk ML
Subject: Re: subprocess on Windows


Jeffrey Schwab wrote:
> Whenever my Windows rubyw script launches a subprocess, a command
> window pops up and immediately disappears.  How can I keep this from
> happening?
>
> Details:
>
> I keep a daily log of what I do at work.  At the command line, I type
> "log" to edit the current day's log file.  A Ruby script generates an
> appropriate name for the file automatically, then launches vim.
>
> Now I'm trying to use the Windows GUI, and I want to have an icon I
> can click to launch gvim.  Here's the code:
>
>    # log.rbw
>    # Launch gvim on today's logfile, e.g. on
>    # C:\Logs\2006\2006.01\2006.01.26.txt
>
>    logfile = Time.now.strftime('C:\Logs\%Y\%Y.%m\%Y.%m.%d.txt')
>    system("gvim", logfile)
>
> When I click the icon, I get the expected behavior, except that a
> Windows cmd.exe window flashes on the screen first.  :(

One thing is you can change the linke to open the window minimized.  And I
think I remember seeing a rubyw or such in the windows distribution that
does not open a cmd shell.  HTH

    robert