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using createservice

Posted on 2004-03-30
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Last Modified: 2010-04-04
Hi experts,
Has anyone got a code example of how to use CREATESERVICE. I'm getting stuck with the lpDependencies (what the heck do I put in it). :(
Question by:DickJonesOCP
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ID: 10713333
Most probably You should  place there nil meaning that Your service doesn't require any service started before by the system.
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mokule earned 500 total points
ID: 10713383
example from MSDN in C but its clear enough I think

BOOL CreateSampleService()
    LPCTSTR lpszBinaryPathName =
    schService = CreateService(
        schSCManager,              // SCManager database
        "Sample_Srv",              // name of service
        lpszDisplayName,           // service name to display
        SERVICE_ALL_ACCESS,        // desired access
        SERVICE_WIN32_OWN_PROCESS, // service type
        SERVICE_DEMAND_START,      // start type
        SERVICE_ERROR_NORMAL,      // error control type
        lpszBinaryPathName,        // service's binary
        NULL,                      // no load ordering group
        NULL,                      // no tag identifier
        NULL,                      // no dependencies
        NULL,                      // LocalSystem account
        NULL);                     // no password
    if (schService == NULL)
        printf("CreateService failed.\n");
        return FALSE;
        return TRUE;


Author Comment

ID: 10713511
dependencies doesn't like the value NULL or nil or anything else I've tried. It comes up with a message 'incompatible types STRING and PDWORD' ??

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Expert Comment

ID: 10713574
place empty string

Author Comment

ID: 10713596
tried that, same message :(
and an emtpy pdword

Author Comment

ID: 10713623
Aha worked with a 0, gave you the points coz u came up with a descriptor (even though I had it anyway) but thanks for your help,
All the best,

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