The main Function
Service programs are generally written as console applications. The entry
point of a console application is the main
function. The main function receives arguments from the ImagePath
value from the registry key for the service.
When the SCM starts a service program, it waits for it to call the StartServiceCtrlDispatcher
function. Use the following guidelines.
- A service of type SERVICE_WIN32_OWN_PROCESS should call StartServiceCtrlDispatcher immediately, from its main thread. You can perform any initialization after
the service starts, as described in The ServiceMain Function.
- If the service type is SERVICE_WIN32_SHARE_PROCESS and there is common
initialization for all services in the program, you can perform the initialization in
the main thread before calling StartServiceCtrlDispatcher, as long as it takes less than 30 seconds. Otherwise, you must create another
thread to do the common initialization, while the main thread calls StartServiceCtrlDispatcher. You should still perform any service-specific initialization as described in The ServiceMain Function.
function takes a SERVICE_TABLE_ENTRY
structure for each service contained in the process. Each structure specifies
the service name and the entry point for the service.
succeeds, the calling thread does not return until all running services in
the process have terminated. The SCM sends control requests to this thread
through a named pipe. The thread acts as a control dispatcher
, performing the following tasks:
- Create a new thread to call the appropriate entry point when a new service is
- Call the appropriate Handler function to handle service control requests.
For more information, see Writing a Service Program's main Function
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