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Killing a specific Windows program from Alpha Five

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    Killing a specific Windows program from Alpha Five

    With XBasic, what would be the code to kill a particular Windows program, much as one would do with Windows Task Manager?

    Eugene Saltz, QuickBooks Certified ProAdvisor, Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer
    Saltz Consulting LLC
    [email protected]
    QuickBooks Sales & Support - Advanced Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisors - Enterprise Solution Providers

    Re: Killing a specific Windows program from Alpha Five

    Don't think there is any.

    Try closing the program's window.

    There can be only one.


      Re: Killing a specific Windows program from Alpha Five

      I have never done this before however this should get you started. Theory is that you will run the command Taskkill.exe with the correct arguments to kill the task you desire. You can call the command + arguments in Alpha5 using SYS_SHELL().




        Re: Killing a specific Windows program from Alpha Five

        What app do you want to close (Kill)?


          Re: Killing a specific Windows program from Alpha Five

          Just hit ctrl+Alt+Del repeatedly you'll close everything eventually, lol. but seriously I doubt you will find a way to do this consistently across all operating systems/ versions.
          If you and I were in a development team we would be having a discussion as to how important this aspect is and either fund it or kill it.
          personally from what I know about it I would kill it but that 's your call - if you get it working post it for others as I am sure someone someday will find a use for it!
          NWCOPRO: Nuisance Wildlife Control Software My Application: "Without forgetting, we would have no memory at what was I saying?"


            Re: Killing a specific Windows program from Alpha Five

            The reason for wanting to kill (terminate) a process running under Windows 7 is that I do programming using Alpha Five v11, QODBC and QuickBooks Enterprise.
            There are times when I don't want the QuickBooks client ("QBW32.exe") running on the current PC. Even if the enduser closes the client, it is possible that
            "QBW32.exe" still is running as a process under Windows. Depending on how I use QODBC, that can create problems. I needed a way to kill that process.

            The following will work under Windows 7, I suspect it would under other O/S variants as well. Please feel free to test and comment on your experience. Thanks for all the suggestions!

            FUNCTION FN_Sys_Kill_Process AS L (cl_Process AS C )
            ' Kill (terminate) a Windows process
            ' 7-17-2014
            ' Arguments:
            ' cl_Process = the name of the known process to kill
            ' Function returns:
            ' .F. = Could not find process to kill it
            ' .T. = Found process, attempted to kill it

            DIM pl_ProcessPointer AS P
            DIM cl_WindowsLineCommand AS C

            ' Setup a "possible" pointer to the process to kill.
            ' The pointer will have no sub-elements if the process
            ' does not exist.
            pl_ProcessPointer = a5_resource_info(ALLTRIM(cl_Process))

            ' If a sub-element is found, then kill the process
            IF prop_valid(pl_ProcessPointer,"ProcessID") THEN

            cl_WindowsLineCommand = "taskkill /pid " + pl_ProcessPointer.ProcessID + " /f"
            FN_Sys_Kill_Process = .T.


            FN_Sys_Kill_Process = .F.

            END IF
            END FUNCTION
            Eugene Saltz, QuickBooks Certified ProAdvisor, Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer
            Saltz Consulting LLC
            [email protected]
            QuickBooks Sales & Support - Advanced Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisors - Enterprise Solution Providers