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I want to Terminate NT process unconditionally

Hi Guys

Does anyone know if there is a DLL version of KILL.EXE. I want to be able to kill a process unconditionally.

Reason: I'm creating software that consists of a number of COM/DCOM objects and if one falls over, I want to ensure the rest of them will close and vanish out of the process list.

TerminateProcess doesn't kill them, either that or I'm doing something wrong. I've got the ProcessIDs of the processes and calling TerminateProcess, but they are still in the task list.

It has to be a DLL call. I can incorporate KILL into the app, but that throws up loads of Command windows (not a pretty sight).

All help gratefully received.

Cheers
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OldBob
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jkrCommented:
'TerminateProcess()' takes a process handle, not a PID - you have to call 'OpenProcess()' to obtain it, e.g.

HANDLE hProcess = OpenProcess ( PROCESS_TERMINATE, FALSE, PID);

TerminateProcess ( hProcess, 0);

CloseHandle ( hProcess);

BTW, there are also means to call 'kill.exe' without having a command prompt pop up...
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OldBobAuthor Commented:
Cheers jkr

I'll give it a crack. Any idea how I would call Kill.exe without the cmd box appearing, (just as a secodary option)

Bob
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jkrCommented:
ShellExecute ( NULL, "open", "kill.exe", "<PID>", NULL, SW_HIDE);

or

BOOL ExecuteAndWaitForCompletion    (   LPSTR   pszCmd)
{
    STARTUPINFO         si;
    PROCESS_INFORMATION pi;

    BOOL                bRes;

    DWORD               dwCode  =   0;

    ZeroMemory  (   &si,    sizeof  (   STARTUPINFO));

    si.cb           =   sizeof  (   STARTUPINFO);
    si.dwFlags      =   STARTF_USESHOWWINDOW;
    si.wShowWindow  =   SW_HIDE;

    bRes    =   CreateProcess   (   NULL,
                                    pszCmd,
                                    NULL,
                                    NULL,
                                    TRUE,
                                    NORMAL_PRIORITY_CLASS,
                                    NULL,
                                    NULL,
                                    &si,
                                    &pi
                                );

    WaitForSingleObject (   pi.hProcess,    INFINITE);

    GetExitCodeProcess  (   pi.hProcess,    &dwCode);

    CloseHandle (   pi.hProcess);
    CloseHandle (   pi.hThread);

    return  (   bRes);
}

Call it like

ExecuteAndWaitForCompletion ( "kill.exe <pid>");

:o)
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jkrCommented:
Oh, BTW, you might want to ask such questions in one of the programming topic areas to get a better response...
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OldBobAuthor Commented:
No need to ask anyone else... :) It works a treat.

Cheers Mate.
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jkrCommented:
>>No need to ask anyone else...

That was meant for the "future" - you will just get quicker responses in the Programming TAs, I just "found" your Q by chance :o)
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