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I would like to run two programs simultaneously from a batch file, and redirect the first program's output into a text file like:

start python 1st.py arg1 arg2 > out.txt
start 2nd.exe %1 arg2 arg3

While the programs run as expected, all output is shown on stdout.

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This ought to work. Without knowing anything, I wonder if 1st.py is doing something funny with output. –  zpletan Sep 21 '11 at 17:17
No, but it writes to stderr. –  none Sep 21 '11 at 17:25
That's why—> only redirects stdout (I think). In any case, it looks like you already have what you need. –  zpletan Sep 21 '11 at 20:51

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You might need to do it this way:

start cmd /c python 1st.py arg1 arg2 ^> out.txt
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Thank you, but it does not work for me (out.txt is not even created in the local directory) –  none Sep 21 '11 at 17:52
I tested it with CScript and a VBscript, so the idea is sound. Are you doing something "extra" in your command line that's not listed here, like double quotes? –  Patrick S. Sep 21 '11 at 18:19
Sorry, something went awfully wrong - it works! –  none Sep 21 '11 at 18:27

Redirection is applied to the start command, but somehow not to the cmd.exe instance it runs.

If the > operator is escaped, everything should work:

start 1st.py arg1 arg2 ^> out.txt

(If you want to redirect stderr as well, use 2^> for it.)

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Thank you, but it does not work for me. –  none Sep 21 '11 at 17:52

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