On a Windows machine I want to avoid using cmd.exe at all cost. I'm trying to use babun (mintty 1.1.3) to run a batch file in a Windows folder.

This works:

{ ~ } » ./file.bat -o /path/to/files.xml

However, I would like to do something like:

{ ~ } » cd /path/to/  
{ ~ } » ./"c:\Program Files\App\file.bat" -o files.xml

However, all I get is zsh: no such file or directory:

I have tried sh, cmd /c and some other commands I've found, to no avail. I have also tried using a more linux-friendly path format, i.e. c:/Program\ Files/App/file.bat

I will be grateful for any help with this.

  • Are you sure UAC virtualization isn’t playing tricks on you and the file actually elsewhere? Because Linostar’s answer definitely works. – Daniel B Mar 12 '15 at 21:32
  • Thanks. No, I'm not sure. How can I check that? – msoutopico Mar 13 '15 at 7:10

Did you try removing the dot-slash ./ from the beginning of the path? A . means the current directory, and putting it before an absolute path, like the one you are using, usually makes no sense.


{ ~ } » "c:\Program Files\App\file.bat" -o files.xml


{ ~ } » "c:/Program Files/App/file.bat" -o files.xml


or try using: "/cygdrive/c/Program Files/App/file.bat" -o files.xml

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  • Thanks, Linostar. Yes, that's the first thing I tried. The result is the message "zsh: command not found: C:\Program Files\App\file.bat" (for your former suggestion) or "The system cannot find the specified path" (for the latter). – msoutopico Mar 12 '15 at 20:32
  • What is the output of the pwd command in your zsh? That will give a good idea how your absolute paths should be written. – Linostar Mar 12 '15 at 20:55
  • Since it’s basically Cygwin on steroids, it can work with Windows paths, mostly. "G:/test.bat" works for me, including a correctly set working directory and whatnot. – Daniel B Mar 12 '15 at 21:30
  • Thanks, @Linostar: The output of pwd is /cygdrive/c/Users/Manuel/SkyDrive/path/to/files.xml. – msoutopico Mar 13 '15 at 7:06
  • I have tried putting a simpler test.bat (with no -o arguments) which just prints Hello World in the same folder where file.bat is, and that one works. So weird. – msoutopico Mar 13 '15 at 7:06

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