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Is there such a thing as a terminal multiplexer (i.e. GNU Screen) for the Windows CMD.EXE, or for that matter, is there anything I can use to run a text-only program such as a non-curses python script on Windows XP or Vista in such a way that it can only be detected by using Task Manager, similar programs, or by observing any network traffic that the script generates?

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For python scripts, at least, you can rename *.py to *.pyw to prevent it from opening up a window, perfect for daemons and scheduling things to run, and such. – Phoshi Jun 19 '10 at 12:07
Just for your information, the particular python script I am using is supposed to start immediately when the computer starts (in Startup, and as ATTRIB +R+H, of course), and it runs constantly until the computer shuts down. – Hedgetrimmer Jun 19 '10 at 12:18
I do something similar for a scheduler I wrote, *.pyw works perfectly. Have to log to a file, though. – Phoshi Jun 19 '10 at 14:18

More general purpose, you can install Cygwin and enjoy the actual screen tool:

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That's quite a screenshot -- a version of Firefox back when it was called Phoenix (sometime between Sept. 2001 and April 2003 (source). Equally dated Yahoo home page. – Doug Harris Mar 12 '12 at 17:18
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I used a *.pyw with a shortcut pointing to it and the required command-line arguments. It now runs just perfectly and with no console window.

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Happy to have been of assistance! – Phoshi Jun 19 '10 at 16:25

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