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    Question Background program

    Hi I'd like some help on how to make a program that keeps running on the background.
    Even if it is minimized, I wanted it to still be running.
    Any help or info about it, or anywhere I can find is great!
    thx in advance

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    Quote Originally Posted by khelmo
    Hi I'd like some help on how to make a program that keeps running on the background.
    Even if it is minimized, I wanted it to still be running.
    Any help or info about it, or anywhere I can find is great!
    thx in advance
    Are you on a *nix type of system? Is the program running from (in) a shell?

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    No I'm using Windows =(

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    So, is it running in a Windows Console (command line style) or do you want it running in the GUI (albeit hidden)?
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    win32 console
    My OS is WindowsME and my compiler MS VS C++ 6.0
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    Don't linux daemons fork() a new process that is the background process, and then kill themselves, making the new process a zombie (running in the background and hard to kill)? If so, you could do something similar in windows I am guessing.
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    I'm not sure if you could do it in C, but windows services offer this kind of functionality. Also, a lot of programs will still technically be active, but when you click the close button or something similar, they hide all of their interface. I'm sorry to say however, I have no idea how you would go about this in C without a great deal of difficulty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chrismiceli
    Don't linux daemons fork() a new process that is the background process, and then kill themselves, making the new process a zombie (running in the background and hard to kill)? If so, you could do something similar in windows I am guessing.
    Sorry, I didn't quite understand what you said!
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    Let me give an example of a program:

    Lets say I wanted to read whenever a key is pressed and write it on a file BUT it must work even if the active window isn't the application itself; like I was typing in the notepad and my application running on the background is reading the keyboard and writing the chars on a file at the same time!
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    ... in other words spyware?

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    in my own PC lol, but I don't really want to do it for that reason! If I did, I'd download something from the net, it's really easy to...
    I want to learn cuz I've always thought about it and is quite interesting.

    I'm only guessing but doesn't it have anything to do with threads?
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    Oh ok then.

    No I don't think it would have anything to do with threads. At least not at the program level - definately at the system level, but you don't have to worry about that. I would recommend doing this project in C++ (if it's not too much of a problem for you) as C++ libraries will offer a much wider variety of options as far as windows programming

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    Quote Originally Posted by sean_mackrory
    Oh ok then.

    No I don't think it would have anything to do with threads. At least not at the program level - definately at the system level, but you don't have to worry about that. I would recommend doing this project in C++ (if it's not too much of a problem for you) as C++ libraries will offer a much wider variety of options as far as windows programming
    I might do that then, thx man

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