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I'm trying to implement Singleton in my application.  Basically, if my application is already opened I don't want another instance to open.
static class Program
    {
        /// <summary>
        /// The main entry point for the application.
        /// </summary>
        [STAThread]
        static void Main()
        {
            Singleton s = Singleton.Instance;
            if (s != null)
            {
                Application.EnableVisualStyles();
                Application.SetCompatibleTextRenderingDefault(false);
                Application.Run(new MainForm());
            }
        }
    }

    public sealed class Singleton
    {
        private static Singleton instance = null;
        private static readonly object padlock = new object();

        Singleton()
        {
        }

        public static Singleton Instance
        {
            get
            {
                if (instance == null)
                { 
                    lock(padlock)
                    {
                        if (instance == null)
                            instance = new Singleton();
                    }
                }
                return instance;
            }
        }

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I tried changing the code to below but it's still not working.  Form is still opening up.
    static class Program
    {
        /// <summary>
        /// The main entry point for the application.
        /// </summary>
        [STAThread]
        static void Main()
        {
            Application.EnableVisualStyles();
            Application.SetCompatibleTextRenderingDefault(false);
            //Application.Run(new MainForm());
            Application.Run(Singleton.Instance.mainForm());
        }
    }

    public sealed class Singleton
    {
        private static Singleton instance = null;
        private static readonly object padlock = new object();
        MainForm _mainForm = new MainForm();

        Singleton()
        {
        }

        public static Singleton Instance
        {
            get
            {
                if (instance == null)
                {
                    lock (padlock)
                    {
                        if (instance == null)
                            instance = new Singleton();
                    }
                }
                return instance;
            }
        }

        public MainForm mainForm()
        {
            return _mainForm;
        }
    }

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ste5an earned 2000 total points
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First of all: This has nothing to do with the singleton pattern, where that name comes from. This patter ensures that on class is only instantiated only once in the same app domain.

Basically, if my application is already opened I don't want another instance to open.
Completely different task.

Create a named mutex, when starting your executable and release it afterwards.

E.g.
namespace ConsoleCS
{
    using System;
    using System.Threading;

    public class Program
    {
        public static void Main(string[] args)
        {
            bool owned = false;
            Mutex mutex = new Mutex(true, "1321321sdfsd1221ds", out owned);
            if (!owned) {
                Console.WriteLine("\nOther instance running.");
            }

            Console.WriteLine("\nDone.");
            Console.ReadLine();
        }
    }
}

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in your case

        static void Main()
        {
            bool owned = false;
            Mutex mutex = new Mutex(true, "1321321sdfsd1221ds", out owned);
            if (owned)
            {
                try
                {
                    Application.EnableVisualStyles();
                    Application.SetCompatibleTextRenderingDefault(false);
                    Application.Run(new MainForm());
                }
                finally
                {
                    mutex.ReleaseMutex();
                }
            }
        }

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Where 1321321sdfsd1221ds is an application specific unique constant.
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