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Finding Out How an App is Called

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By Anders Gustafsson

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Posted: 13 Jun 2001

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The indefatiguable Anders G. shares yet another nifty tool that could easily become essential to your troubleshooting processes. Thanks for another great one, Anders!

If you ever want to find out how NAL calls an app or how any app is called, try this. Args.exe is a small stub that can be used instead of the real program. It just prints out all the command line arguments, waits for a key and exits.

To use it you call it instead of your program to see what arguments get passed by the calling program or NAL.


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Paul Langton NEW

In regards to this tip, may I recommend the excellent tool Handleex.exe, written by Sysinternals. To find out how any process is run, just make sure it is running, then run HandleEx, and double-click on the task in question, and it will report the full command line string. This works for any process launched.

They also have many other useful utilities, including the much loved RegMon and Filemon. Best of all, they are FREE.

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