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Re: Handling killing the perl process

by afoken (Abbot)
on Jan 04, 2010 at 10:01 UTC ( #815548=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Handling killing the perl process

Microsoft Windows has no concept of signals, we've discussed that in $SIG{ALRM} and windows vista? and some other threads. Perl implements an emulation, but it is not perfect, and it probably won't help you here.

Windows sends lots of messages to a window when it thinks the process owning the window should terminate, like WM_CLOSE and WM_QUIT. So you need to catch those messages. With a console window, things are a little bit more complicated, as Windows fakes some keypresses (from memory - RTFM), too, and you can't catch the messages sent to the console window (from memory - RTFM). And ultimately, Windows can forcefully terminate a process by directly invoking ExitProcess() or the like from the processes' context, without any way for the process to stop or delay that (similar to kill -9, but implemented as "forced suicide").


Today I will gladly share my knowledge and experience, for there are no sweeter words than "I told you so". ;-)

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