Cannot close process after calling 'launch' to browser path

Bernard Devlin bdrunrev at
Mon Feb 1 06:51:32 EST 2010

Sorry Mark, I didn't see this email of yours until today.  I think the
problem with you being unable to close the browser this way is that
although the 'launch' command opens a GUI program and lists the
program in the openProcesses/openProcessIDs, a program launched in
this way does not respond to "close process" (presumably because the
process does not leave open stdio).

Anyway, there is a way to do it, but its a tad messy (see the
Dictionary entry for 'kill'):

put the openProcessIds into tIDList
repeat for each line tID in tIDList  -- kill all open processes
   kill 9 process tID
end repeat

Of course you may want to kill only 1 of the openProcesses, so you
will need to fashion a way to identify your open process from the
others.  I guess the best thing in such a situation is to keep a
dictionary of process name to process id mappings - then you can find
the id from your process name and kill it.

Choosing to kill by process path/name does not work in my experience.

I hope that is of some help.



On Tue, Jan 20, 2009 at 7:11 PM, Mark E. Powell <runrev at> wrote:
> I am using 'launch' to open HTML reports from my standalone:
> put word 1 of queryRegistry("HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Classes\http\shell\open\command\") into tBrowserPath
> launch vLongFileName  with tBrowserPath
> This works for the first report of a standalone session.  It works if the browser window for report 1 is closed before doing subsequent reports.  However, it returns 'process is already open' in all other cases.
> I have explicitly tried closing the tBrowserPath process, and have tried closing all open processes, but it does not prevent the return of 'process already open'.
> What am I missing?

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