Thread: QUERY: How to control external exe & read it's process details

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    QUERY: How to control external exe & read it's process details

    I would like to create a service or background running program (something that minimizes to system tray).

    It would have a path list of external applications, eg.

    - C:\App1\Task1.exe
    - C:\App2\Task2.exe
    - C:\App3\Task3.exe

    It would start the first one and monitor the process details (CPU Usage, Mem Usage, and maybe I/O Writes). Each application will do their jobs for a couple of minutes then go idle - hence completed the task. At this point the CPU Usage = 0, Mem Usage, etc. will be idle.

    Then I need to close/kill that process and start the next application in the list. And this repeats as above and so on.

    Does anyone know how to execute an external program, monitor the process details, then kill it?

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    This question is not relevant to a C++ forum. It is windows programming.

    To create a process, look up the win32 API function CreateProcess(). To monitor timing and utilisation information, look up GetProcessTimes() and related functions.

    It is generally quite dangerous to spawn an application, only to wait until it is idle and kill it. Doing that sort of thing increases the chance of spawned applications failing to clean up sensibly after themselves (with results ranging from corruption of data files to causing instability of the operating system). It is usually better to use some form of interprocess communication, so you can tell the application to terminate itself in a clean manner.

    Or, better yet, design the spawned applications so they terminate when their job is done. All you need then is a batch file to run them in sequence.
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