Re: multi-process singleton DLL

"Ben Voigt [C++ MVP]" <rbv@nospam.nospam>
Mon, 23 Jul 2007 10:47:15 -0500
"PaulH" <> wrote in message

I have a DLL that exports a class that allows a program to access a
unique system resource.

At the moment, the DLL is implemented as a singleton such that any
thread in a given process is using the same resource handle.
But, if a second, unrelated process loads the DLL and accesses it,
this process will try to create its own handle to the resource which
fails because it's already in use by the first process.

How do I give the second process access to the handle that's being
used by the first process so that both can query the resource?

Pick an IPC method, any method. Note that to do this cleanly, it is
necessary that a separate process be set up to "own" the true handle,
because if the owning process closes the resource will be released.

Named pipes would probably be a good choice, because the proxy process can
detect abnormal termination of a client.


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