You should really run WOMBAT from the command line in a DOS (or MinGW) window. Simply click on “Start” and then type “CMD” into the field under “Run” - this will open a DOS window for you. You can then run the program by typing
(if it resides somewhere where Windows looks for Program files) or
if it is somewhere else (substitute the correct
If you have a problem, you should also specify the
command line option. WOMBAT is quite fussy when checking your input and parameter files and stops with a 'programmed error stop' when it finds something that is not quite right. It also tries to write an explanatory message to the screen to tell you what to check. You miss out on all these messages (which have taken a great deal of effort to program) if you invoke the program by “double-clicking”. Good luck!
Alternatively, if you really can't stand working with a command line interface, you could set up a simple .bat file (which you start by double-clicking) which opens a DOS window and runs WOMBAT, but does not close the window until you tell it to do so (see below for an example).
rem Simple .bat file to run WOMBAT in a DOS window
rem -> this assumes: 1) your parameter file is wombat.par
rem 2) any other run time options are given in the fist line of wombat.par
rem 3) wombat.exe resides in folder C:\Program_Files\WOMBAT
echo "Ready to run WOMBAT"
echo "WOMBAT has finished"