What are possible reasons that executing cmd.exe from a .NET app can result in a 0xE0434352 exception?


I have a .net (C#) console application that runs when I execute via the "start" button in VS2017, and also when I launch the .exe file directly. However, when executed via Windows Task Scheduler I get an unspecific error: 0xE0434352.

I have found that the error is the result of executing this method:

internal static class Lib
    internal static async Task<String> ExecuteCmd (string txt, string cli = "cmd.exe", string args = "")
        using ( Process cmd = new Process
            StartInfo = new ProcessStartInfo()
                FileName = cli,
                Arguments = args,
                RedirectStandardInput = true,
                RedirectStandardOutput = true,
                CreateNoWindow = false,
                UseShellExecute = false,
        } )
            await cmd.StandardInput.WriteLineAsync(txt);
            await cmd.StandardInput.FlushAsync();
            return await cmd.StandardOutput.ReadToEndAsync();

// Then that method is called from the Main method like so:
public static async Task Main (string[] args)
    ExecuteCmd($"echo Complete! >> myFile.log");

What is the reason for this? The exceptions I get (from the Event Viewer) are:

Application error

Application: myapp.exe
Framework Version: v4.0.30319
Description: The process was terminated due to an unhandled exception.
Exception Info: System.NullReferenceException
   at myapp.App+<Main>d__0.MoveNext()
   at System.Runtime.CompilerServices.TaskAwaiter.ThrowForNonSuccess(System.Threading.Tasks.Task)
   at System.Runtime.CompilerServices.TaskAwaiter.HandleNonSuccessAndDebuggerNotification(System.Threading.Tasks.Task)
   at System.Runtime.CompilerServices.TaskAwaiter.GetResult()
   at myapp.App.<Main>(System.String[])

Framework Error

Faulting application name: myapp.exe, version:, time stamp: 0x5b0d3a3e
Faulting module name: KERNELBASE.dll, version: 10.0.16299.402, time stamp: 0x81d25214
Exception code: 0xe0434352
Fault offset: 0x00103f12
Faulting process id: 0x51d4
Faulting application start time: 0x01d3f752fb93dfdb
Faulting application path: path\to\myapp.exe
Faulting module path: C:\WINDOWS\System32\KERNELBASE.dll
Report Id: c15aa1dc-fb36-49df-a37c-5866116c39d7
Faulting package full name: 
Faulting package-relative application ID: 

============== EDIT ================

During runtime I am retrieving a JSON file from a mapped network drive:

IConfiguration jsonConfig = new ConfigurationBuilder()
    .AddJsonFile("X:\configs", optional: false, reloadOnChange: false)

I have found that removing this solves at least one problem. although there may be others

asked on Stack Overflow May 29, 2018 by Zach Smith • edited May 29, 2018 by Zach Smith

1 Answer


"Windows Task Scheduler"

I bet it'll be the Start In field being empty or malformed. Put the exe's folder in the Start In field, and double quote it. "C:/YesEven/Paths/Like/This/"

answered on Stack Overflow May 29, 2018 by Davesoft

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