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At 10:51 11/04/2014 -0500, Joe Bonly wrote:
I finally got the batch file to work.

My final code is:

for %%f in (*.htm) do (
"C:\Program Files (x86)\LibreOffice 4\program\soffice.exe" --headless
--convert-to html:"HTML" --outdir
"C:\Users\Joe\Clare\MCSLT\OutputHtmlFiles" %%f

In my batch file above, I had to use the absolute path of soffice.exe to get the batch file to work. I tried putting "C:\Program Files (x86)\LibreOffice 4\program\soffice.exe" in my %path% environment variable, so that I could simply call soffice.exe in the batch file, but this caused Firefox to crash on startup! What a bizarre problem.

It's no so bizarre: the PATH environment variable takes paths, not file names. If you'd put
C:\Program Files (x86)\LibreOffice 4\program
there - without the file name "soffice.exe" - it would have worked. When it finds just "soffice.exe" in your batch file, the system will search the appropriate directory (amongst others) to find it.

I have successfully modified the %path% variable before, by adding "C:\Python34" and had no problems.

Exactly: a path, not a file name.

Anyway...maybe someone is interested in this apparent conflict between soffice.exe in %path% and Firefox?

Putting a file name there instead of a path is likely to cause confusion ...

The important thing is, the batch script works ...

Good-oh!  What you did was a perfectly acceptable alternative, of course.

I trust this helps.

Brian Barker

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