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Sometimes my Windows server reboots at night to install new updates. Then the next day I find out that my cygwin instance has been stopped.

What I want is on Windows start, also run Cygwin AND run a specific command.

so, step 1: Right now I have a cygwin.bat to start cygwin:

@echo off
C:
chdir C:\cygwin\bin
bash --login -i

step 2 is to enter the command in the command windows that appears after running cygwin.bat:

cd /cygdrive/e/solr/apache-solr-4.0-2010-10-12_08-05-48/example/;java -Dsolr.solr.home="./example-DIH/solr/" -jar start.jar

But this command is what I want to have called automatically when i run cygwin.bat

How can I combine step 1 and step 2 into a single bat file which I can run on Windows start?

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I try to keep my windows experience as UNIX like as possible. The first thing I would reach for would be installing cron and using @REBOOT to run a script on startup.

I found a good writeup on installing cron here: http://stackoverflow.com/a/7900158/1607020

Then, make a file in /etc/cron.d/myservicename with

@REBOOT /path/to/bash/script > /tmp/myservicename.log 2>&1 
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You can create a new .bat file that runs on startup, and use the bash -c option to pass commands to bash when you start it. For example:

@echo off
C:
chdir C:\cygwin\bin
bash -c "echo 'it works'; read -n 1 -p 'Press any key to continue...' "

You could also make the changes to your cygwin.bat, but then the commands would run every time you start a shell.

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I now have this:

@echo off

C:

chdir C:\cygwin\bin

bash -c cd /cygdrive/e/solr/apache-solr-4.0-2010-10-12_08-05-48/example/;java -Dsolr.solr.home="./example-DIH/solr/" -jar start.jar

bash -c "echo 'it works'; read -n 1 -p 'Press any key to continue...' "

But that doesnt seem to start cygwin with the commands I want to...

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