Terminate a process

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    Terminate a process

    Hi

    I start a console process like dir with ShellExecute function. Is there any way to stop this process from my program the time I want ? ( it might be in the middle of execution of the dir command or in the end of execution of dir command )

    Thanks

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    ShellExecute return a HINSTANCE handle, which I don't know how to operate in order to terminate the process...

    Like you said, you want to create a process:
    Use the CreateProcess funtion, and after calling the function, you can use the hProcess handle in the PROCESS_INFORMATION structure with TerminateProcess function.
    This should work, only for processes. For command lines like dir, this doesn't work.

    Code:
    HANDLE proc;
    
    BOOL Run(char *exe){
    	STARTUPINFO inf;
    	PROCESS_INFORMATION procinf;
    
    	ZeroMemory(&inf, sizeof(STARTUPINFO));
    	inf.cb=sizeof(STARTUPINFO);
    	ZeroMemory(&procinf, sizeof(PROCESS_INFORMATION));
    
    	BOOL res = CreateProcess(exe,0,0,0,0,0,0,0, &inf, &procinf);
    	proc = procinf.hProcess;
    	return res;
    }

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    Calling ShellExecuteEx() will give you a handle to the process. You can then use this handle to call TerminateProcess().

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    I am pretty sure TerminateProcess() kills with extreme prejudice, no shutdown time for dir.
    "Assumptions are the mother of all **** ups!"

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    I am pretty sure TerminateProcess() kills with extreme prejudice, no shutdown time for dir.
    Yep, but I think that was the point. He wanted to be able to terminate a process while it was in the middle of doing something.

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