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Calling unmanaged code from managed MFC worker thread

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Hi,

I have an existing VC 6 MFC application which communicates asynchronly with
a VC 2005 managed code dll.
I use an unmanaged base class with virtual functions to access methods in
the MFC application.
Furthermore, I use a pointer to an unmanaged function to jump back into the
managed dll.

The managed part is basically a remoting enhancement which asynchronly
initiates a call from the remoting thread to the MFC application. The
information is collected within the main thread of the MFC application. The
managed code dll is invoked via a function pointer. From the managed code
additional calls to the unmanaged MFC application will be done via a pointer
to an object in the MFC. When this code is executed within the main thread
of the MFC application everything works fine.

However, if I switch to a MFC worker thread, calls via the base class
pointer results in System.AccessViolationException!

Scenario, which works:
1. Remoting thread imvoked
2. Managed DLL -MFC App asynchron, no result
3. Switch thread to App main thread
4. MFC App -Managed DLL
5. Managed DLL -MFC App (synchron)

Scenario, which does not work:
1. Remoting thread imvoked
2. Managed DLL -MFC App (asynchron, no result)
3. Switch thread to MFC worker thread!!!
4. MFC App -Managed DLL
5. Managed DLL -MFC App (synchron): System.AccessViolationException !!

How can I access pointer to unmanaged classes from managed code within a
worker thread?

Best regards,
Klaus
Aug 1 '07 #1
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On Aug 1, 12:34 pm, "Klaus" <Kl...@nowhere.invalidwrote:
Hi,

I have an existing VC 6 MFC application which communicates asynchronly with
a VC 2005 managed code dll.
I use an unmanaged base class with virtual functions to access methods in
the MFC application.
Furthermore, I use a pointer to an unmanaged function to jump back into the
managed dll.

The managed part is basically a remoting enhancement which asynchronly
initiates a call from the remoting thread to the MFC application. The
information is collected within the main thread of the MFC application. The
managed code dll is invoked via a function pointer. From the managed code
additional calls to the unmanaged MFC application will be done via a pointer
to an object in the MFC. When this code is executed within the main thread
of the MFC application everything works fine.

However, if I switch to a MFC worker thread, calls via the base class
pointer results in System.AccessViolationException!

Scenario, which works:
1. Remoting thread imvoked
2. Managed DLL -MFC App asynchron, no result
3. Switch thread to App main thread
4. MFC App -Managed DLL
5. Managed DLL -MFC App (synchron)

Scenario, which does not work:
1. Remoting thread imvoked
2. Managed DLL -MFC App (asynchron, no result)
3. Switch thread to MFC worker thread!!!
4. MFC App -Managed DLL
5. Managed DLL -MFC App (synchron): System.AccessViolationException !!

How can I access pointer to unmanaged classes from managed code within a
worker thread?

Best regards,
Klaus

Hi, Klaus,

I assume you are already using delegates, and marshaling of delegate
method pointers to access unmanaged functions from managed code,
correct?

http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bfeyhsdy.aspx


Aug 1 '07 #2

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Thanks for your help!

Here is the code:
myHeader.h, shared in both projects, MFC 6.0 App and VC 2005 DLL:
class CMyBase
{
public:
CMyBase() {};
virtual ~CMyBase() {};
virtual bool MyExample() = 0;
};

In MFC App this class will be derived:
class CMyBaseDerived : public CMyBase
{
public:
CMyBaseDerived();
virtual ~CMyBaseDerived();
virtual bool MyExample();
};

In VC2005, I have a pointer to the instance of CMyBaseDerived:
CMyBase *PMyBase;
This pointer will be initialized by calling a function in the DLL from the
App:
void MyInit(CMyBase *p)
{
PMyBase = p;
}

When I use this pointer in the DLL from the MFC worker thread an
AccessViolationException will be thrown:
PMyBase->MyExample();

Using this pointer within the main thread no problem occurs.

Best regards,
Klaus
"Pixel.to.life" <pi***********@gmail.comwrote in message
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On Aug 1, 12:34 pm, "Klaus" <Kl...@nowhere.invalidwrote:
>Hi,

I have an existing VC 6 MFC application which communicates asynchronly
with
a VC 2005 managed code dll.
I use an unmanaged base class with virtual functions to access methods in
the MFC application.
Furthermore, I use a pointer to an unmanaged function to jump back into
the
managed dll.

The managed part is basically a remoting enhancement which asynchronly
initiates a call from the remoting thread to the MFC application. The
information is collected within the main thread of the MFC application.
The
managed code dll is invoked via a function pointer. From the managed code
additional calls to the unmanaged MFC application will be done via a
pointer
to an object in the MFC. When this code is executed within the main
thread
of the MFC application everything works fine.

However, if I switch to a MFC worker thread, calls via the base class
pointer results in System.AccessViolationException!

Scenario, which works:
1. Remoting thread imvoked
2. Managed DLL -MFC App asynchron, no result
3. Switch thread to App main thread
4. MFC App -Managed DLL
5. Managed DLL -MFC App (synchron)

Scenario, which does not work:
1. Remoting thread imvoked
2. Managed DLL -MFC App (asynchron, no result)
3. Switch thread to MFC worker thread!!!
4. MFC App -Managed DLL
5. Managed DLL -MFC App (synchron): System.AccessViolationException !!

How can I access pointer to unmanaged classes from managed code within a
worker thread?

Best regards,
Klaus


Hi, Klaus,

I assume you are already using delegates, and marshaling of delegate
method pointers to access unmanaged functions from managed code,
correct?

http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bfeyhsdy.aspx


Aug 2 '07 #3

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On Aug 2, 2:14 am, "Klaus" <Kl...@nowhere.invalidwrote:
Thanks for your help!

Here is the code:
myHeader.h, shared in both projects, MFC 6.0 App and VC 2005 DLL:
class CMyBase
{
public:
CMyBase() {};
virtual ~CMyBase() {};
virtual bool MyExample() = 0;

};

In MFC App this class will be derived:
class CMyBaseDerived : public CMyBase
{
public:
CMyBaseDerived();
virtual ~CMyBaseDerived();
virtual bool MyExample();

};

In VC2005, I have a pointer to the instance of CMyBaseDerived:
CMyBase *PMyBase;
This pointer will be initialized by calling a function in the DLL from the
App:
void MyInit(CMyBase *p)
{
PMyBase = p;

}

When I use this pointer in the DLL from the MFC worker thread an
AccessViolationException will be thrown:
PMyBase->MyExample();

Using this pointer within the main thread no problem occurs.

Best regards,
Klaus

"Pixel.to.life" <pixel.to.l...@gmail.comwrote in message

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On Aug 1, 12:34 pm, "Klaus" <Kl...@nowhere.invalidwrote:
Hi,
I have an existing VC 6 MFC application which communicates asynchronly
with
a VC 2005 managed code dll.
I use an unmanaged base class with virtual functions to access methods in
the MFC application.
Furthermore, I use a pointer to an unmanaged function to jump back into
the
managed dll.
The managed part is basically a remoting enhancement which asynchronly
initiates a call from the remoting thread to the MFC application. The
information is collected within the main thread of the MFC application.
The
managed code dll is invoked via a function pointer. From the managed code
additional calls to the unmanaged MFC application will be done via a
pointer
to an object in the MFC. When this code is executed within the main
thread
of the MFC application everything works fine.
However, if I switch to a MFC worker thread, calls via the base class
pointer results in System.AccessViolationException!
Scenario, which works:
1. Remoting thread imvoked
2. Managed DLL -MFC App asynchron, no result
3. Switch thread to App main thread
4. MFC App -Managed DLL
5. Managed DLL -MFC App (synchron)
Scenario, which does not work:
1. Remoting thread imvoked
2. Managed DLL -MFC App (asynchron, no result)
3. Switch thread to MFC worker thread!!!
4. MFC App -Managed DLL
5. Managed DLL -MFC App (synchron): System.AccessViolationException !!
How can I access pointer to unmanaged classes from managed code within a
worker thread?
Best regards,
Klaus
Hi, Klaus,
I assume you are already using delegates, and marshaling of delegate
method pointers to access unmanaged functions from managed code,
correct?
http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bfeyhsdy.aspx- Hide quoted text -

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Klaus,

First of all, it doesnt not seem like your MFC app is a managed
aplpication. Do you compile it with /clr command line option?
If you are using only MFC, why do you need to build a managed
application?

Secondly, do you have the method MyExample() overridden in
CMyBaseDerived?

Thirdly, assuming you have MyExample() overridden in CMyBaseDerived,
dont you have to cast PMyBase to a pointer to the derived object?
Virtual method references are resolved at run time, so unless the
machine knows the object is of derived type, it would look for the
method's definition ion the base class (
http://www.parashift.com/c++-faq-lit....html#faq-20.3
).. and if you dont have an implementation of MyExample() in the base
class, you will get an access violation.. no matter in managed/
unmanaged code.

Pardon me if I missed something.

Aug 3 '07 #4

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