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Background child with PID under Windows

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I'm converting an existing Perl script from UNIX to Windows XP.

This script calls another Perl script in the background using backticks and ampersand (` ... &`).
The child script acts as a timeout check for the parent and will kill it if it's stuck for too long.
Eventually, the parent will also kill the child script - using the shell's `ps -ef | grep ...` to locate the child's PID.

I need to replicate this behaviour under windows but wasn't able to find the tools:

1. using 'system(1, "perl")' the script runs in the background, but I can't get it's PID.

2. using 'tasklist' doesn't seem to get the program's arguments to enable identifying a specific instance, or even the script's name (only 'perl.exe').

3. using 'open(GET_PID, "perl ...|")' I can communicate with the process and have it send back it's PID, but I can't have it run in the background.

('...' meaning script arguments)

Any ideas ?
Jan 28 '09 #1
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Unfortunately, I am not really sure where to go with this. But, being a Unix guy and not a Windows guy, I can say that the 'ps' command on windows probably won't do you much good. Windows handles its processes differently and I don't know how to identify them with Perl. You may want to scour the internet for "perl win32 programming" or something like that.


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