I have scheduled a taks on my windows 7 machine to run every 15 minutes and I have that working.

The command is C:\wamp\bin\php\php5.3.5\php.exe -f "C:\wamp\www\vmstage.php"

Still, all working. When running that php script, it returns some text. Is it possible to keep cmd open for a few seconds so I can see what the result was?

Right now, the behavior is:

  1. cmd opens
  2. script runs
  3. waits for result (2-5 seconds)
  4. returns data
  5. cmd closes

1 Answer 1


There's a timeout command that will pause shell for some period of time or until you press a button. You can create a .cmd file with a content like that:

C:\wamp\bin\php\php5.3.5\php.exe -f "C:\wamp\www\vmstage.php"
timeout 5

.cmd files are just a lists of commands that are executed top to bottom. This one will execute your task and wait for 5 seconds. Schedule that file's execution instead of your current command.

  • is it possible to do the reverse? I want the execution of the php script to happen and then timeout
    – Ronnie
    Mar 28, 2013 at 20:11
  • nevermind, just tested it and it works. thank you! I'll accept in 5 mins. Won't let me yet
    – Ronnie
    Mar 28, 2013 at 20:12
  • You're welcome. I've edited the answer to be more clear and correct.
    – gronostaj
    Mar 28, 2013 at 20:14

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