From the docs for
--no-console: “Hide the console window. (On Windows only)”. I have a shortcut in my startup folder that runs Syncthing with
--no-console --no-browser, but a console window still pops up when it runs. How can I silently run Syncthing in the background? I can’t use the Task Scheduler either as Microsoft broke tasks that use the “Run whether user is logged on or not” setting a few months back and still hasn’t fixed it.
From the docs for
Without more detailed information (e.g. screenshots), I’d guess that it’s probably the same problem in both cases. You need to change the default “terminal app” from Windows Terminal back to Windows Console Host (see https://devblogs.microsoft.com/commandline/windows-terminal-as-your-default-command-line-experience).
And that you have to do this is of course not ideal. There’s recently been a discussion about this topic you might want to checkout for the techical background: https://forum.syncthing.net/t/windows-console-window
There’s also a pending PR to tackle the problem but it isn’t that easy: cmd/syncthing: Compile as GUI application, attach or allocate console instead (ref #8046, ref #8248) by AudriusButkevicius · Pull Request #8763 · syncthing/syncthing · GitHub
Well that’s disappointing to hear. I want Windows Terminal as my default terminal so that doesn’t work for me. Sounds like there’s no (or at least no easy) solution until either Syncthing figures something out or Microsoft fixes the Task Scheduler.
What happens if in Task Scheduler you put
powershell.exe in the
Program/script field, and
Start-Process -FilePath "syncthing.exe" -WindowStyle Hidden in the
Add Arguments field? Of course, use the full path to your actual
syncthing.exe executable in the command.
That seems to work! The only change I had to make is passing the script to Powershell via
pwsh.exe -c "Start-Process -FilePath 'syncthing' -ArgumentList '--no-browser' -WindowStyle Hidden". Works via a shortcut as well.
Thanks for the suggestion, didn’t realize you could start processes in hidden windows like that.
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