Anybody know if there is cmd script that does that and/or a command line tool ready for the job?
Create the three batch files below. Main.bat launches 1.bat and 2.bat
1.bat and 2.bat write out temporary files for which main.bat checks. While 1.bat and 2.bat are working, main.bat reports back that processing is still occurring. When you hit enter on either 1.bat or 2.bat's open window, the temporary file is deleted, and the program exits. This simulates processing stopping for that .bat file. If you do this for both 1 and 2.bat, main.bat reports to you that processing has completed for these processes. You can make 1.bat and 2.bat do anything you want, so long as you clear the temporary file when you are finished. At this point main.bat can do anything you want it to do as well.
echo %time% > 1.tmp pause del 1.tmp exit
echo %time% > 2.tmp pause del 2.tmp exit
@echo off start "1" 1.bat start "2" 2.bat @ping -n 1 127.0.0.1 > nul :loop @echo Processing...... if not exist *.tmp goto :next @ping -n 5 127.0.0.1 > nul goto loop :next @echo Done Processing!
Simple enough, provided the processes don't need standard input or output. From the command line, or in a batch file:
process1 | process2 | process3 | process4
This will run all four processes simultaneously, and won't return until they've all exited. (Possible exception: if a process explicitly closes the standard output it might be treated as if it had exited. But that's unusual, very few processes do that.)
I'm not sure exactly how many processes you can launch simultaneously this way. I've tried up to ten.
Or you can use this: http://www.out-web.net/?p=167
I did it, it works, however it happens sometimes that the PID of the finished process is immediately re-used by another Windows processus which just started, and it makes the detection of the end of your processus hazardous/erroneous.