[Win32utils-devel] Win32 Service Timeout command

=?EUR-KR?Q?=B9=DA=C8=F1=BC=B7?= phasis at nownuri.net
Tue Nov 22 22:59:42 EST 2005

On Tue, 22 Nov 2005 16:06:24 -0600, Berger, Daniel wrote
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Jamey Cribbs [mailto:cribbsj at oakwood.org] 
> > Sent: Tuesday, November 22, 2005 2:44 PM
> > To: Berger, Daniel
> > Subject: Win32 Service Timeout command
> > 
> > 
> > Hi, Dan.  I have  a quick question.  Is there a way to set a timeout 
> > variable when starting/creating a win32 service using your package?  
> > When I attempt to start a KirbyBase process as a service, I have 
> > KirbyBase building in-memory indexes before it returns.  This 
> > can take a 
> > few seconds for large indexes.  When I attempt to do this by 
> > starting it 
> > as a win32 service, it bombs out telling me the application didn't 
> > respond in a timely manner.
> > 
> > If I remove the indexes so that KirbyBase initialization 
> > returns a lot 
> > sooner, everything works fine.  Is there any way to tell 
> > win32 service 
> > to increase the timeout variable?
> > 
> > I looked through the docs and the example programs but didn't see 
> > anything.  I googled and did find something about a "timeout 
> > hint", but 
> > I don't know how to apply it to your package.
> > 
> > Thanks for any help you can give!
> > 
> > Jamey Cribbs
> Hi Jamey,
> I've cc'd the win32utils-devel mailing list for some additional
> feedback.
> Heesob, is this because of the default 2 second WaitHint value that
> StartService() uses?
> If so, I think the solution is to allow a "timeout=" option in the
> Service.create_service method, and wrap the StartService() function in a
> "while dwCurrentState == SERVICE_START_PENDING; sleep(x)" type of loop.
> I'm basing my opinion on this link:
> http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us/dllproc
> /base/starting_a_service.asp
> Does that seem a reasonable approach?
> Of course, this would still mean Jamey would have to guess at a timeout
> value.  Is there a better approach in general?
> Regards,
> Dan
I think the following is a reasonable approach.

Call the function
SetTheServiceStatus(SERVICE_START_PENDING, NO_ERROR, checkpoint, 0);
with incremented checkpoint each step of initializing process.

I'm basing my opinion on this link:


Check-point value that the service increments periodically to report its progress during a 
lengthy start, stop, pause, or continue operation. For example, the service should increment this 
value as it completes each step of its initialization when it is starting up. The user interface 
program that invoked the operation on the service uses this value to track the progress of the 
service during a lengthy operation. This value is not valid and should be zero when the service 
does not have a start, stop, pause, or continue operation pending. 


Park Heesob

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