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Get all the files here: http://JeremyThompson.net/Rocks/Mathematica/MmaWord.zip .Net Mathematica Word Library You will need to use a Microsoft library to open word documents. In a language such as .Net it is very easy; just open Visual Studio, reference the Microsoft.Office.Interop.Word .Net DLL (for Words) and the C:\Program Files\Open XML ...


Under most operating systems you can use the 2>&1 handle redirection operator(1),(2): Import["!foo 2>&1", "Text"] "'foo' is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file."


The command Run will do exactly that. For example, try Run["touch ~/Desktop/blankfile"] If you want to read the results back in, there are a few options, and the choice between them depends on exactly what you want to do. The RunThrough command lets you read the output of a command-line back as a Mathematica expression. For example, try ...


There are many ways to do this on a Mac. For example to open Safari: << "!open -a Safari" To open Safari to a particular file or page: << "!open -a Safari http://mathematica.stackexchange.com/questions/69247/how-to-close-external-app-from-mathematica" Now to close Safari: << "!osascript -e 'tell application \"Safari\" to quit'"


The problem is that the stdin stream for each process is being left open and needs to be closed. To demonstrate the issue, we create a single process: $process = StartProcess[$SystemShell]; WriteLine[$process, "echo example line"]; KillProcess[$process]; The call to WriteLine implicitly creates a stream object. Even though the process has been killed, ...


On Windows this works: Run["taskkill /im chrome.exe /f"] Run["taskkill /im WolframPlayerPro.exe /f"]


For those who will encounter the same problem as mine (and OP's), I added this answer. Mathematica now(since 10.0.0) has a new built-in function called RunProcess which does exactly what OP asked (including the standard error).


You can ask MMA to run the traditional ps,grep,kill,killall "unix" shell commands (using for example the RunProcess and Runcommands). The following is more a "Unix" post than a Mathematica one, but ... : For Unix, OS X sytems To "check if some application is opened" :ps and grep For example to see if the Chrome browser is running : myExternalCommand = ...


We had a bug like this on v. 10: it specifically stopped running new processes after you created 100 of them. This was fixed in version 10.0.1. I recommend testing it there, as version 10.0.1 has a number of improvements with respect to StartProcess. I can't test your example in MacOS right now, so please let me know if this isn't working on v. 10.0.1. ...


I actually found 3 ways to execute your command with RunProcess (on Unix like systems) : Let's write your command as a string : mycommand = "mdfind -onlyin /some/folder my_string"; but it could be any other command like : mycommand = "ls -la"; Then these 3 inputs are equivalent : RunProcess[StringSplit@mycommand] RunProcess[{$SystemShell, "-c", ...


On Linux you can add the directory containing this library to LD_LIBRARY_PATH. A semi-automated way to do this from a command prompt is this: MATHLINK=$(dirname $(readlink -f $(which math)))/../SystemFiles/Links/MathLink/DeveloperKit/Linux-x86-64/CompilerAdditions export LD_LIBRARY_PATH=$LD_LIBRARY_PATH:$MATHLINK You can use this merthod of detecting ...

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