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Re: system("start ...") has 30 secs delay

by Madams (Monk)
on Jul 13, 2005 at 02:19 UTC ( #474439=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to system("start ...") has 30 secs delay

"start" is a feature of cmd.exe.

Therefore XP/NT/2000 run a cmd.exe session to handle the pathing and associating instead of handling it in kernel.

Your delay is caused by the startup of cmd.exe. If your load is small, so is your delay.

(Provided the scheduler doesn't decide to bump a service in ahead of starting your new process)


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