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Old 10-18-2010, 02:16 AM   #1
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Command Line Batch Adding of Epubs

When trying to add many ebooks from the GUI, Calibre crashes. So, I'm wanting to add ebooks by way of the command line, preferably one at a time, for stability.

I created a batch file as follows, however only the first line gets accomplished, but nothing after that -- the batch file simply quits after the first line:

calibredb add -d 101.epub
calibredb add -d 102.epub
calibredb add -d 103.epub
calibredb add -d 104.epub
calibredb add -d 105.epub

Would someone please suggest a way of using the command line to bring in many hundreds of ebooks??

Thank you,
Nicholas Kormanik
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Old 10-18-2010, 02:32 AM   #2
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I created a batch file as follows, however only the first line gets accomplished, but nothing after that -- the batch file simply quits after the first line:
Try preceding each line by the start command.

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on xp, vista you have to use start in batch files if you are executing multiple calibre programs, I have absolutely no idea why.
I'm not sure if just the first program needs to be preceded by the start command or each program in the batch file.

start calibredb add -d 101.epub
start calibredb add -d 102.epub
start calibredb add -d 103.epub
start calibredb add -d 104.epub
start calibredb add -d 105.epub

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Old 10-18-2010, 07:59 AM   #3
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I believe that there can be some strange interactions between the Windows command line processor and Calibre. The effect is that the batch file tends (as you found) to get abandoned after executing a calibre command. Using the Start option to run the commands should get around this although you might want to also use the /wait option as well on each line after the Start keyword to make sure each one runs to completion before the next one is started.

Alternative Windows command processors seem to not suffer from this issue so it is not clear why the default Windows one does.
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Old 10-18-2010, 11:01 AM   #4
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You can put "CALL " in front of each calibre instance. It works for me.
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Old 10-18-2010, 11:45 AM   #5
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Try preceding each line by the start command.

I'm not sure if just the first program needs to be preceded by the start command or each program in the batch file.

start calibredb add -d 101.epub
You probably want start /wait calibredb add -d 101.epub
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Old 10-19-2010, 01:15 AM   #6
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Thanks all for your help.

I decided to convert first, through the command line. The ONLY batch approach I tried that worked is as follows:

start /wait ebook-convert.exe 00001.epub 00001c.epub
start /wait ebook-convert.exe 00002.epub 00002c.epub
start /wait ebook-convert.exe 00003.epub 00003c.epub
start /wait ebook-convert.exe 00004.epub 00004c.epub
start /wait ebook-convert.exe 00005.epub 00005c.epub
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Old 10-19-2010, 08:04 AM   #7
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Thanks all for your help.

I decided to convert first, through the command line. The ONLY batch approach I tried that worked is
As others have posted, using start /wait in front of each command is the approach that has been tested and works.
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