How do I find a Windows process with a specific Window Title

Hi there. I’m still kind of new to scripting with Ruby. I have
written a small Ruby/Fox app that displays a message in a window at
regular intervals. The ‘regular intervals’ part is done using the
Windows Task Scheduler.

I’d like only one message window to appear at a time though. What I
am seeing is that if I step away from my computer for a few hours,
there can sometimes be several of these popup windows on the desktop.

I’d like the app to check (when it first starts up) to see if there
are any other instances of this popup window on the desktop, and if
so, just exit… or maybe kill the other window’s process (I haven’t
decided which yet).

I’ve found a few snippets of code that let me find the windows
processes and kill them (e.g. see below), but they don’t work for me.
My popup window falls under the process name ‘ruby.exe’ even if the
window title says ‘foo’.

Can someone please tell me if this is possible? How can I use Ruby to
find a specific window with a specific title? I don’t want to just
kill all the ruby processes in case some other scripts are already
running that should be.


require ‘win32ole’

mgmt = WIN32OLE.connect(‘winmgmts:\\.’)
mgmt.InstancesOf(“win32_process”).each{ |proc|
puts proc.name
}

mgmt.ExecQuery(“Select * from Win32_Process Where Name =
‘ruby.exe’”).each { |item|

item.Terminate()

puts 'item = ' + item.to_s

}

On 3/5/07, Paul [email protected] wrote:

are any other instances of this popup window on the desktop, and if
kill all the ruby processes in case some other scripts are already
mgmt.ExecQuery(“Select * from Win32_Process Where Name =
‘ruby.exe’”).each { |item|

item.Terminate()

puts 'item = ' + item.to_s

}

You can for sure use AutoIt or AutoIt’s dll or AutoIt’s COM object to
find & kill the window.
Although there should be a more straightforward way…

On Mar 5, 10:12 am, “Paul” [email protected] wrote:

are any other instances of this popup window on the desktop, and if
kill all the ruby processes in case some other scripts are already

mgmt.ExecQuery(“Select * from Win32_Process Where Name =
‘ruby.exe’”).each { |item|

item.Terminate()

puts 'item = ' + item.to_s}

There’s no way to do that via Win32_Process that I can see. There may
be another WMI class that provides that information, but I don’t know
what it is.

It’s possible to get the information via GetWindowText(), which you’ll
have to use in conjunction with other Windows functions.

Regards,

Dan

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