well i tried more verbose output (-v -v -v -v) but no additional useful info results.
any more insights or suggestions?
as i mentioned the '>filename' method dont work. is there another way to capture output? you can also try the 2 files i put in post #1 to see for yourself. any help here would be appreciated.
command >output.txt 2>&1
you would have won that bet. can i ask what the "2>&1" means? it didnt work w/o that and thanks for showing me that trick.