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Topic: Using CreateProcess to launch distiller
Conf: (P-PDF) Developers, Msg: 59652
From: AaronW
Date: 5/29/2002 05:40 PM

I have a plugin that downloads a *.ps file, makes a rundir file and launches Distiller
version 3010.106 (from Adobe Acrobat 4.0). Distiller hangs on the "Relocating" phase. The task has to be killed. After the task is killed, you get a normal pdf.

The same code works fine with Adobe Acrobat 3.0.
Running distiller by hand and distilling the source ps file works. Opening and processing the rundir file works too. I even turned off the "Optimize PDF" flag in settings\Job options. The problem seems to be with the Createprocess launching of Distiller.

The postscript doc is 5 pages long with no graphics. 

Win NT 4.0 service Pack 3.0
64 meg of memory  

Launching code

memset ( &si, 0, sizeof (si));
memset ( &pi, 0, sizeof (pi));
si.cb = sizeof (si);

// Start the child process
sprintf (szBuf, " /q \"%s\"", szRunDirFile);

iRet = CreateProcess (szAcrobatDistillerPath, //long ptr appname
          szBuf,//command line
          NULL, //ptr process attributes
          NULL,//thread attributes
          FALSE,//inherit access privileges
          NORMAL_PRIORITY_CLASS, //creation flags
          0,//environment ptr
          NULL,//current dir
          &si,//startup info
          &pi //process info

if ( iRet == 0 )
   AVAlertNote ("Unable to start Acrobat Distiller");
   return 0;

// Wait for Distiller process to terminate
WaitForSingleObject ( pi.hProcess, INFINITE); 

I would like know:
1 What to do to fix this problem
2 If there is no fix, how to launch distiller using other methods. I still need to use C/C++. 

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