Re: exec() and sending to STDIO and reading from STDIO

"crazzybugger" <>
20 Oct 2006 16:41:09 -0700
<> wrote:

I have an external program I need to execute which takes an argument.
So I have the code:

String command = "...";
String argument = "...";
process = Runtime.getRuntime().exec(command);

And then for sending arguments: out = process.getOutputStream();

And the for reading output from the external command: in = encryptProcess.getInputStream();
int c;
while ((c = != -1)
    System.out.print("OUT: " + (char)c);

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But the problem is that the output is not actually read. It's still
being outputted when I close the InputStream (in.close();)

Is there not a way to but execute an external program, send arguments
to it and get it's output?

I have tried to insert the command "echo argument|command" e.g.
"echo test|ls" in the command, but this merely echos out the whole
line ("test|ls") rather than sending the argument "test" to


I think you are doing a mistake here........If i am right you are
supposed to wait for the process to end .
      you can try out this sniplet.
          Process p=Runtime.getRuntime().exec(yourCommand);
          int result=p.waitFor();

                /*this means that the program ran successfully.
                 *now use your buffered stream and read from the
process using the
                  *process.getInputStream() call*/


           /*program did not run successfully!
            *use your stream and read from the process using the

            * process.getErrorStream()*/

 }catch(Exception e){
             /*you reach here incase the process did not execute
properly or wrong arguements */

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