Electron Error: After packaging app; Error: spawn C:\Windows\system32\cmd.exe ENOENT


Error: spawn C:\Windows\system32\cmd.exe ENOENT

This may be a stupid question for most of you but being a newbie I am struggling with it a lot. Please help.

I have following code in my main process of electron

 var exec = require('child_process').spawn;
child = exec( __some_command__,{cwd: __dirname + '/Ant_Build'}, function(error, stdout, stderr) {
                        console.log('stdout: ' + stdout);
                        console.log('stderr: ' + stderr);
                        if (error !== null) {
                            console.log('exec error: ' + error);
                            // event.returnValue='ERROR';
                             event.sender.send('asynchronous-reply', 'ERROR');
                        // event.returnValue='OK';
                        event.sender.send('asynchronous-reply', 'OK');

While running locally(without building a installer) it works fine but when I build distribution(.exe) and install it on some other PC I am getting this error in console:

Error: spawn C:\Windows\system32\cmd.exe ENOENT

I search about this error but only solution I got is check the path variable and if its not contains C:\Windows\system32 then include it. But path variable already has it included.

PS: I am using Windows 10.

Thanks in Advance.


That looks like the wrong parameters for spawn? Maybe there are different versions. Anyway, probably the specified cwd does not exist on the other PC.


Thanks @discordchris. It was really a “does not exist directory” error, as the directory was in app.asar archive for which the cmd.exe will not work.