Executing a local program via exec() in PHP

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Post 3+ Months Ago

Alright, so I'm fairly new to the Program execution Functions in PHP and what I'm trying to do, as a simple example, is open up the calculator program when I run my script. Here's my code:

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exec('c:\\Windows\\System32\\calc.exe');


To me this seems pretty straightforward, but when I run it the script hangs and does nothing. When I type 'c:\\Windows\System32\calc.exe' into cmd it runs fine. Any tips I'm missing?
  • RockmanTV
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Post 3+ Months Ago

I should also say that I am running the script in a local WAMP environment.

Also tried this using the following php code:
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$shell = new COM("WScript.Shell");
$shell->Run("notepad.exe");
$shell = null;
  1. $shell = new COM("WScript.Shell");
  2. $shell->Run("notepad.exe");
  3. $shell = null;


In this case nothing happens. Any ideas for someone who's new to this sort of thing?

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