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I have a windows service that is behaving weird.  I have log function that when the property file is set to true logs data to the database and false doesnt.  My problem is that when i set it to true, the service runs but if i disable the log it doesnt.  Also, when i debug it in visual studio it runs fine.  Its seems that when i let it run alone without logging is when it fails.  Now in my service i use an async call and not sure if this is what is causing it.  Does a service need time gaps to properly work?

        protected override void OnStart(string[] args)
        {
            string path = null;

            try
            {
                Commons.Logger.LogError(this, "OnStart", "Entry");

                Commons.Logger.Log(this, "OnStart", "Start Thread");
                _MailBuilderThread = new Thread(new ThreadStart(MailBuilderProcess));
                _MailBuilderThread.Start();

                Commons.Constants.MailBuilderProcessRunning = true;

            }
            catch (Exception err)
            {
                _ErrorMessage = err.ToString();
                Commons.Logger.LogError(this, "OnStart", _ErrorMessage);
            }
        }


        public void MailBuilderProcess()
        {
            bool result = false;
            IAsyncResult sync_process = null;
            ExecuteMailBuilderProcessDelegate mail_builder_delegate = null;
            int timer = 0;
           

            try
            {

                Commons.Logger.LogError(this, "MailBuilderProcess", "Entry");

                timer = Commons.Commons.SleepTimer(MailerApplicationServices.Commons.SleepTimerFor.Builder);
                Commons.Logger.Log(this, "MailBuilderProcess", "Timer=" + timer.ToString());

               
                while (Commons.Constants.MailBuilderProcessRunning == true)
                {
                    Commons.Logger.Log(this, "MailBuilderProcess", "Started");
                   
                    mail_builder_delegate = new ExecuteMailBuilderProcessDelegate(ExecuteMailBuilderProcess);

                    Commons.Logger.Log(this, "MailBuilderProcess", "Created delegate");

                    //Commons.Logger.LogError(this, "MailBuilderProcess", "1");
                    sync_process = mail_builder_delegate.BeginInvoke(null, null);

                    Commons.Logger.Log(this, "MailBuilderProcess", "BeginInvoke");
                    //Commons.Logger.LogError(this, "MailBuilderProcess", "2");

                    WaitHandle.WaitAll(new WaitHandle[] { sync_process.AsyncWaitHandle });

                    Commons.Logger.Log(this, "MailBuilderProcess", "All instances finished");

                    //Commons.Logger.LogError(this, "MailBuilderProcess", "3");
                    mail_builder_delegate.EndInvoke(sync_process);
                    //Commons.Logger.LogError(this, "MailBuilderProcess", "4");


                    Commons.Logger.Log(this, "MailBuilderProcess", "Going to sleep");
                    Thread.Sleep(timer);
                    //Commons.Logger.LogError(this, "MailBuilderProcess", "5");
                }
            }
            catch (Exception err)
            {
                _ErrorMessage = err.ToString();
                Commons.Logger.LogError(this, "MailBuilderProcess", _ErrorMessage);
            }

            //return result;
        }
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How is it failing?  Do you get an unhandled exception or something?

A quick thing to fix would be reorder your startup code:

Commons.Constants.MailBuilderProcessRunning = true;
 _MailBuilderThread = new Thread(new ThreadStart(MailBuilderProcess));
 _MailBuilderThread.Start();

otherwise there's no guarantee it will be true when the thread tests it
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I think mastoo has hit it correctly.

By leaving the logging in place you've created enough of a 'delay' that the

<< Commons.Constants.MailBuilderProcessRunning = true; >> line has a good chance of being hit before the
thread checks it's value.

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by:borg48
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That makes so much sense.  The reason i had it on the end was to make sure it started first then set it.  I removed the logging and moved it to the top and it worked.

Thanks all
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