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The PeekNamedPipe function copies data from a named or anonymous pipe into a buffer without
removing it from the pipe. It also returns information about data in the pipe.
Identifies the pipe. This parameter can be a handle to a named pipe instance,
as returned by the CreateNamedPipe or CreateFile function, or it can be a handle to the read end of an anonymous pipe, as
returned by the CreatePipe function. The handle must have GENERIC_READ access to the pipe.
Points to a buffer that receives data read from the pipe. This parameter can
be NULL if no data is to be read.
Specifies the size, in bytes, of the buffer specified by the lpBuffer parameter. This parameter is ignored if lpBuffer is NULL.
Points to a 32-bit variable that receives the number of bytes read from the
pipe. This parameter can be NULL if no data is to be read.
Points to a 32-bit variable that receives the total number of bytes available
to be read from the pipe. This parameter can be NULL if no data is to be read.
Points to a 32-bit variable that receives the number of bytes remaining in
this message. This parameter will be zero for byte-type named pipes or for
anonymous pipes. This parameter can be NULL if no data is to be read.
If the function succeeds, the return value is nonzero.
If the function fails, the return value is zero. To get extended error
information, call GetLastError.
PeekNamedPipe is similar to the ReadFile function with the following exceptions:
| HANDLE hNamedPipe,
||// handle to pipe to copy from
| LPVOID lpBuffer,
||// pointer to data buffer
| DWORD nBufferSize,
||// size, in bytes, of data buffer
| LPDWORD lpBytesRead,
||// pointer to number of bytes read
| LPDWORD lpTotalBytesAvail,
||// pointer to total number of bytes available
| LPDWORD lpBytesLeftThisMessage
||// pointer to unread bytes in this message
If the specified handle is a named pipe handle in byte-read mode, the function
reads all available bytes up to the size specified in nBufferSize. For a named pipe handle in message-read mode, the function reads the next
message in the pipe. If the message is larger than nBufferSize, the function returns TRUE after reading the specified number of bytes. In
this situation, lpBytesLeftThisMessage will receive the number of bytes remaining in the message.
CreateFile, CreateNamedPipe, CreatePipe, ReadFile, WriteFile
- The data read from the pipe is not removed from the pipe's buffer.
- The function always returns immediately, even if there is no data in the pipe.
The wait mode of a named pipe handle (blocking or nonblocking) has no effect
on the function.
- The function can return additional information about the contents of the pipe.
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