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We need to check when a Visual Foxpro program hasn't been doing nothing during a certain amount of time. After that time we would like to close the program automatically.  Could you please tell if there is some parameter or solution that measures the program iddle time?
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Lucilia
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To check if a user logged on the computer is doing nothing is relatively easy and you may look at one solution here: http://www.experts-exchange.com/Microsoft/Applications/FoxPro/Q_25534460.html

To check if he is doing nothing in VFP application is more complex because you have to do it in application itself and then you have to decide what to do with screens/forms in edit mode, what to do with unsaved buffers etc.

You may incorporate various timers into your application and you have to reset some counter values when the application is used actively. The timer can check counter values periodically and if they do not change for certain period of time then you should display a warning and possibly exit the app.
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thanks, i will try your solution.
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You can use DOEVENTS for simple tasks such as making it possible for the user to cancel a process after it starts, for example, searching for a file. Long-running processes that yield control of the processor are better performed using a Timer control or delegating the task to a COM Server executable (.exe). In this situation, the task can continue independently of your application, and the operating system takes care of multitasking and time allocation.

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Beroni how it can help to solve the question? luciliacoelho does not have problem with multitasking.
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Hi Pcelba,
I'm sorry I did a mistake, I didn't read carefully the question...
Sometimes applications seems to be frozen, and  the problem is it does not give the control to the SO in strong operations.I did this solution only to minimize the tipical mesasge like "application is not responding".
To automatically stop applications, when the application is a DLL, I use the Service Components, to configure how many instances are open, and the life of the COM+ component.
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the solution solvs the question
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