STDIN/STDOUT Redirection May Not Work If Started from a File Association

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256986 Description of the Microsoft Windows Registry

Symptoms

Scripts that contain standard input (STDIN) and standard output (STDOUT) may not work correctly if you start the program from a command prompt and you use a file association to start the script.

Resolution

Service Pack Information

To resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Microsoft Windows 2000. For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
260910 How to Obtain the Latest Windows 2000 Service Pack

Hotfix Information

Windows 2000

A supported hotfix is available from Microsoft. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing this specific problem.

If the hotfix is available for download, there is a "Hotfix download available" section at the top of this Knowledge Base article. If this section does not appear, submit a request to Microsoft Customer Service and Support to obtain the hotfix.

Note If additional issues occur or if any troubleshooting is required, you might have to create a separate service request. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for this specific hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Service and Support telephone numbers or to create a separate service request, visit the following Microsoft Web site: Note The "Hotfix download available" form displays the languages for which the hotfix is available. If you do not see your language, it is because a hotfix is not available for that language.
The English version of this fix has the file attributes (or later) that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in coordinated universal time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time tool in Control Panel.


Date Time Version Size File name
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23-Jul-2002 14:41 5.0.3502.5962 2,353,424 Shell32.dll
21-Jun-2002 14:09 5.2.2.10 3,584 Spmsg.dll
21-Jun-2002 14:10 5.2.2.10 44,544 Spuninst.exe
13-Jun-2001 02:05 5.0.2195.3727 3,856 Svcpack1.dll
21-Jun-2002 14:10 5.2.2.10 10,240 Spcustom.dll

Using the New Registry Value

WARNING: If you use Registry Editor incorrectly, you may cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that you can solve problems that result from using Registry Editor incorrectly. Use Registry Editor at your own risk.

  1. Start Registry Editor.
  2. Locate and then click the following key in the registry:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer
  3. On the Edit menu, click Add Value, and then add the following registry value:
    Value name: InheritConsoleHandles
    Data type: REG_DWORD
    Radix: Decimal
    Value data: 1
  4. Quit Registry Editor.
When you install the hotfix, the registry key is added automatically.

Windows XP

To resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Windows XP. For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
322389 How to Obtain the Latest Windows XP Service Pack

Status

Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article. This problem was first corrected in Microsoft Windows 2000 Service Pack 4. This problem was first corrected in Windows XP Service Pack 1.

More Information

This problem has occurred with Perl scripts that are started by using a file association. Stdin and stdout are batch commands that redirect standard input/output.

For additional information about how to obtain a hotfix for Windows 2000 Datacenter Server, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

265173 The Datacenter Program and Windows 2000 Datacenter Server Product
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