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OpenProcess returns ZERO

moonlight asked
Last Modified: 2007-12-19
I don't know about you guys.. this visual basic and I.. we don't match.. This is a totaaaaaal mess :(

Consider this proc, this is directly taken from the help file:

Public Function WaitOnProgram(ByVal idProg As Long, _
    Optional ByVal WaitDead As Boolean) As Long
    Dim cRead As Long, iExit As Long, hProg As Long   ' Get process handle
    hProg = OpenProcess(PROCESS_ALL_ACCESS, False, idProg)
    If WaitDead Then        ' Stop dead until process terminates
        Dim iResult As Long
        iResult = WaitForSingleObject(hProg, INFINITE)

        If iResult = WAIT_FAILED Then
            MsgBox CStr(iResult), 0, "info"
            Err.Raise Err.LastDllError        ' Get the return value
        End If
        GetExitCodeProcess hProg, iExit
    Else        ' Get the return value
        GetExitCodeProcess hProg, iExit        ' Wait, but allow painting and other processing
        Do While iExit = STILL_ACTIVE
            GetExitCodeProcess hProg, iExit
    End If
    CloseHandle hProg
    WaitOnProgram = iExit
End Function

first, if I have option explicit set, I cannot compile it. It doesnt understand PROCESS_ALL_ACCESS and not INFINITE.. If I declare it myself


the program crashes in runtime.

if I take away the option, it doesnt do what it is meant to do, no errors no nothing.
Trying to undestand the error:
    If hProg = 0 Then MsgBox "Didnt work :("  yes hProg returned zero, something wrong right?
MsgBox Cstr(GetLastError) oh, but last error is zero too, nothing was obviously wrong!!!

iResult = WaitForSingleObject(hProg, INFINITE) oh and iResult is -1, so it went perfectly ok? well, maybe unerstandable if it doesnt even understand INFINITE !!!
so what did it say? what is -1 ?

        MsgBox CStr(iResult), 0, "iresult"
        MsgBox CStr(STILL_ACTIVE), 0, "still_active value"
        MsgBox CStr(WAIT_OBJECT_0), 0, "WAIT_OBJECT_0"
        MsgBox CStr(WAIT_TIMEOUT), 0, "WAIT_TIMEOUT"
oh of course I just get empty msg boxes...

oh oh dont forget that Do While iExit = STILL_ACTIVE puts you in an infinite loop...
there you go, it understood infitite at last.. Grrrrrrrrrrr...

ok someone help me clear out this mess.. I really like answers to all the questions thank you. But my main question is, How do I make this work?
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