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Old 06 June 2011   #1
need help with Windows compatibility

This output works from the command prompt but not from within Maya:

string $basedir = `workspace -q -rd`;
system ("start " + $basedir + "images");

I just want to have Windows desktop Explorer open the folder, the same as system ("open " + $basedir + "images"); works on OS X

Last edited by cgbeige : 06 June 2011 at 09:22 PM.
Old 06 June 2011   #2
If $baseDir contains spaces it will need quoting (escaped of course).
system ("start \"" + $basedir + "images\"");

also, I do this somewhere in one of my scripts but I don't just do "start $path", I use "start explorer file://$path" not sure if it makes any difference..?
Old 06 June 2011   #3
it's the weirdest thing - if you run the results in the command prompt, it works but from maya, nothing. I can't figure it out
Old 06 June 2011   #4
You can try python instead:
import os
from maya import cmds
basedir = cmds.workspace(q=True,rd=True)
Old 06 June 2011   #5
awesome, thanks. so this works but how do I call this from within an if about -win in MEL?

import os
from maya import cmds
basedir = cmds.workspace(q=True,rd=True)
os.startfile(basedir + "images")
Old 06 June 2011   #6
From MEL, you can use the python command:

string $basedir = `workspace -q -rd`;
string $pycmd = ("import os;os.startfile('" + $basedir + "');
Old 06 June 2011   #7
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