Re: Quesion on mutex

12 Jul 2006 23:07:12 -0700

This is the test case that i did.In the Application1's InitInstance() i
tried to do a OpenMutex.It returns NULL since that mutex has not being
created for the first time.So i launch the second application.No what i
do is i go to the task manager and end only Application1.Application2
is still running.Now when i again try to start application1,in the
InitInstance() when i try to do a open mutex it should return the
handle of the mutex that is already created..Right?Since i have not
ended Application2 the named mutex should still exist right?But it does
not do that..
What may be the problem..

David Ching wrote:

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So for this what i did was as follows...
In Application2's InitInstance i used a named mutex as follows.
BOOL Application2::InitInstance()
              hGlobalMutex = CreateMutex(NULL,FALSE,"NamedMutex");
DWORD dwError = GetLastError();
if ( hGlobalMutex != NULL )
if ( dwError == ERROR_ALREADY_EXISTS )
return FALSE;

Now how can i get this information in the Application1's InitInstance
that one instance of Application2 is already running?

Application 1 can use OpenMutex() to see if "NamedMutex" was created by
Application 2.

Alternatively, you can use the ToolHelp API's to iterate running processes
to check if Application1.exe is running.

-- David

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