[wpkg-users] Killing processes (was Re: WPKG Installer)

Tomasz Chmielewski mangoo at wpkg.org
Thu Sep 21 09:06:27 CEST 2006

rl201 wrote:


> This is an interesting idea - I would like to make a further suggestion 
> that it might be possible to tag packages to wait until a process has 
> finished before installing.
> Downside: WPKG installation will hang until the process finishes.
> Upside: We don't irritate users by terminating their programs and losing 
> their data.
> I have four layers of 'priority' in my packages:
>   900 ish - OS service packs
>   700 ish - "Big" applications (Word, Office, AutoCAD)
>   500 ish - "Big" application service packs (Office SP3, AutoCAD SP1)
>   300 ish - "small" applications (PDF creator, notetab)
> I would think that waiting until (for example) word has finished running 
> before attempting to patch office to SP3 would be a good thing. It might 
> prevent (say) PDF creator from being installed but that's what priorities 
> are for.
> So, a tag like
> <process action='kill'>winword.exe</process>
> would cause all instances of winword.exe to be terminated before the 
> 'install' commands were carried out but a tag like
> <process action='wait'>winword.exe</process>
> would cause WPKG execution to come to a halt until all windows.exe 
> instances had terminated.
> Any thoughts?

Sounds good.
Are we able to list/kill processes with JScript though?

On XP we could run an external "taskkill", but on 2000?

I tried to find out if JScript is capable of manipulating processes, but 
didn't find much info. Perhaps I didn't search long enough though.

Tomasz Chmielewski

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