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Windows 7: Missing in Windows - decent Shell scripting, and CRON


01 Nov 2009   #1

W7 X-64 RTM,SUSE 11.1, XP PRO SP3 as a VM, VMware ESXi
 
 
Missing in Windows - decent Shell scripting, and CRON

Hi all

Swapping a Linux server for Windows 2008 R2 I really miss the Bourne or C-shell scripting possibilities.

For example I night like to have a very quick list of all the directories I have contained in a Library and then export this to a MySQL database or an EXCEL spreadsheet.

I'm sure Windows can support PERL or something like that - but the only decent scripting I've found so far for Windows is an old Dinosaur from the past - REXX.

For those interested (or Old enough) http://regina-rexx.sourceforge.net/

Perhaps people in Windows are too afraid of using the Command line.

The other glaring omission is something like a CRONTAB where it's easy to create a script to execute at a specific time (daily, hourly, weekly -- etc - user definable) so you can set a load of batch jobs up and just forget about them.

Some Windows applications come with their own scheduling but I really miss Linux's CRONTAB.

Don't misunderstand me -- I like Windows 7 a lot but it's a pity that whilst LINUX is not afraid to incorporate good features from Windows the reverse rarely occurs.

Cheers
jimbo

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