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Posted on 2004-09-26
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Let's say I have a Windows Application called "Test".  Upon launching test.exe, the user can run the program in "restricted" mode.  I also want to be able to run it in "admin" mode.  Is there a way I can set this up to where "test.exe" will open the program in "restricted" and "test.exe -a" will open it in "admin" mode?  

As I re-read that...  I really hope it makes sense...  cause I think I'm confusing myself! :)

Thanks,
Tony
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Question by:fattumsdad
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Yes, you can do that by looking at the args array in the Main method.

static void Main(string[] args)
{
     if(args.Length > 0)
     {
          // there is at least one argument, check if the first argument is '-a'
          if(args[0].ToLower() == "-a")
               // run in admin mode
     }
     else
     {
          // run in restrictive mode
          // since restrictive mode has no args, args.Length == 0.
     }
}
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by:armoghan
ID: 12160165
If its a windows application, Why dont you make two separate main forms .. One for admin mode and the other for Application mode..
On the first /login screen ask the user in a combobox, which mode he needs to enter and then on that bases open the required forms/application
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by:SRigney
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both methods work.  

You could use the command line and make two shortcuts where the Admin shortcut passes in -a to make it work as well.
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by:fattumsdad
ID: 12160423
In the following code:

static void Main(string[] args)
{
     if(args.Length > 0)
     {
          if(args[0].ToLower() == "-a")
          {
               Application.Run(new Form1());
          }
          else
          {
              Application.Run(new Form2());
          }
               
     }
}

I get no errors on Build.  When I try to run, I get "An exception 'System.IndexOutOfRangeException' has occurred in WindowsApplication2.exe"

Any ideas what I may be doing wrong?
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by:fattumsdad
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Nevermind, got it!  Thanks for the help!
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