I am using often SQLite3.exe (Windows 10) and would like to start with command line parameters but then remain in interactive mode. I only get either or.... but is there any trick to start with parameters AND remain in interactive command line mode? ~~~ D:\Debug>sqlite3.exe :memory: .load SQLite3.dll Usage: .load FILE ?ENTRYPOINT? D:\Debug>sqlite3.exe :memory: ".load SQLite3.dll" D:\Debug>sqlite3.exe :memory: ".load SQLite3.dll" - sqlite3.exe: Error: unknown option: - Use -help for a list of options. D:\Debug>sqlite3.exe :memory: ".load SQLite3.dll" .interactive Error: unknown command or invalid arguments: "interactive". Enter ".help" for help D:\Debug>sqlite3.exe .help SQLite version 3.36.0 2021-06-18 18:36:39 Enter ".help" for usage hints. sqlite> .exit D:\Debug>sqlite3.exe :memory: ".load SQLite3.dll" -- sqlite3.exe: Error: unknown option: - Use -help for a list of options. D:\Debug>sqlite3.exe -help Usage: sqlite3.exe [OPTIONS] FILENAME [SQL] FILENAME is the name of an SQLite database. A new database is created if the file does not previously exist. OPTIONS include: -A ARGS... run ".archive ARGS" and exit -append append the database to the end of the file -ascii set output mode to 'ascii' -bail stop after hitting an error -batch force batch I/O -box set output mode to 'box' -column set output mode to 'column' -cmd COMMAND run "COMMAND" before reading stdin -csv set output mode to 'csv' -deserialize open the database using sqlite3_deserialize() -echo print commands before execution -init FILENAME read/process named file -[no]header turn headers on or off -help show this message -html set output mode to HTML -interactive force interactive I/O -json set output mode to 'json' -line set output mode to 'line' -list set output mode to 'list' -lookaside SIZE N use N entries of SZ bytes for lookaside memory -markdown set output mode to 'markdown' -maxsize N maximum size for a --deserialize database -memtrace trace all memory allocations and deallocations -mmap N default mmap size set to N -newline SEP set output row separator. Default: '\n' -nofollow refuse to open symbolic links to database files -nullvalue TEXT set text string for NULL values. Default '' -pagecache SIZE N use N slots of SZ bytes each for page cache memory -quote set output mode to 'quote' -readonly open the database read-only -separator SEP set output column separator. Default: '|' -stats print memory stats before each finalize -table set output mode to 'table' -tabs set output mode to 'tabs' -version show SQLite version -vfs NAME use NAME as the default VFS -zip open the file as a ZIP Archive D:\Debug>sqlite3.exe -interactive :memory: ".load SQLite3.dll" D:\Debug> ~~~ In this example the SQLite3.dll contains my loadable extension functions and virtual table extensions, it is based on the 3.36 amalgamation. The .load parameter was executed successfully but then the executable terminated immediately - without remaining in interactive mode. Some arguments which I tried did not help, they are unknown. The .help command does not show me any option which would be good to remain in interactive mode when using command line parameters. Is there a trick which I do not know yet? ~~~ Usage: sqlite3.exe [OPTIONS] FILENAME [SQL] -interactive force interactive I/O ~~~ ## How to use this option together with the other dot-arguments like .load, which the usage hint does not even show as optional?