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TOPIC: Problem with window creation at Runtime

Problem with window creation at Runtime 9 months 1 week ago #1

  • TrevorLE
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Hi Guys

Looking forward to downloading the new version of X# once it is ready, so that we can complete our upgrade testing and finally migrate fully across to X# in the near future !

In the meantime I have an odd issue that I am hoping you can assist with - as follows
- we have a reporting program that we use for customer reports, that has a DataWindow for each report that is full of the report options for the user to select
- we allow them to select the report options and save to a database and then at night we run a program that goes through that database and runs the report program each time for each report set to run. When that runs it
- runs from a scheduling service on a server - so runs in background service / non gui mode
- loads the report program which creates the shellwindow and doesn't show it
- creates an instance of the report settings window (Datawindow) that is being run and doesn't show the window -using a CreateInstance(symWindow, SELF)
- then it populates the controls on the window object and then runs the method that generates the report that gets auto saved to PDF and emailed to the recipient, destroys the window object and then closes and moves on to the next one

All of this works and to date we have been running these reports one after another in a single batch with no problems.
Some of our other nightly processes that don't involve window object creation, we have a routine that uses a Spawn command to run multiple simultaneously - which works well and we need to implement that setup to this automatic reporting process as it is taking too long for some large clients

My Issue is that if I set multiple reports running at the same time from a program run as a service, I get errors like the example error message listed below, which is erroring on the CreateInstance call with a "Dialog creation from resource failed" error.

I put a TRY/CATCH in place and made the program re-try up to 20 times on the createinstance with a random sleep interval between 100 and 1000 milisecs in case it the issue was that the separate processes were trying to create windows at the same time - but that had no effect and it still errored out every time for the 20 retries.

The really odd thing is that if I start the same program manually from a command prompt - which is the program that then launches multiple copies of the report program simultaneously - it works perfectly. I have checked that the scheduling program that starts it automatically is setup to have the same login credentials that I am using when running it manually.

So as far as I can see, the only real difference here is that a task scheduler service is starting the processes manually versus me starting them manually from the command prompt - with one failing and the other not failing and not really sure why this would be the case.

Also note that not every report fails - some are going through so I am thinking it is happening when multiple window objects are trying to be created at once - even though that is happening from separate spawned processes.

So just wondering if anyone has any ideas, has seen this sort of thing before or any ideas on how to trouble shoot or code around the issue as I can trap the error when the CreateInstance fails, but don't seem to be able to code around it as per above.

Thanks is advance
Trevor

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Error Message Example
Error Code: 13 [No exported method]
Subsystem: BASE
Description: No exported method
Function: CREATEINSTANCE
Argument(s):
1: VulcanApp (VulcanApp)
Call Stack:
at VulcanRTFuncs.Functions.CreateInstance(__Usual[] $args)
at VulcanApp.Start(__Usual[] $args) in C:\VisualStudioProjects\Options Reports\Options_Reports_11\Start.prg:line 1706

System.Reflection.TargetInvocationException: Exception has been thrown by the target of an invocation. ---> Vulcan.Error:
Vulcan.NET Runtime Error

Error Code: 13 [No exported method]
Subsystem: BASE
Description: No exported method
Function: CREATEINSTANCE
Argument(s):
1: Vulcan.VO.__FormFrame (Vulcan.VO.__FormFrame)
2: Vulcan.VO.ResourceID (Vulcan.VO.ResourceID)
Call Stack:
at VulcanRTFuncs.Functions.CreateInstance(__Usual[] $args)
at Vulcan.VO.__FormFrame..ctor(__Usual[] $args)
at Vulcan.VO.DataWindow..ctor(__Usual[] $args)
at OurDataWindow..ctor(__Usual[] $args) in C:\VisualStudioProjects\Options Reports\Options_Reports_11\Classes\MiscClasses.prg:line 1269
at RepILst..ctor(__Usual[] $args) in C:\VisualStudioProjects\Options Reports\Options_Reports_11\RepILst\InventoryRepILst.prg:line 10325

System.Reflection.TargetInvocationException: Exception has been thrown by the target of an invocation. ---> Vulcan.VO.WCError:
Vulcan.NET Runtime Error

Error Code: 0 [Unknown error]
Subsystem: GUI Classes
Description: Dialog creation from resource failed
Function: DIALOGWINDOW:INIT
Call Stack:
at Vulcan.Error.Throw(__Usual[] $args)
at Vulcan.VO.DialogWindow..ctor(__Usual[] $args)
at Vulcan.VO.ModelessDialog..ctor(__Usual[] $args)
at Vulcan.VO.__FormDialogWindow..ctor(__Usual[] $args)

at Vulcan.Error.Throw(__Usual[] $args)
at Vulcan.VO.DialogWindow..ctor(__Usual[] $args)
at Vulcan.VO.ModelessDialog..ctor(__Usual[] $args)
at Vulcan.VO.__FormDialogWindow..ctor(__Usual[] $args)
--- End of inner exception stack trace ---
at System.RuntimeMethodHandle.InvokeMethod(Object target, Object[] arguments, Signature sig, Boolean constructor)
at System.Reflection.RuntimeConstructorInfo.Invoke(BindingFlags invokeAttr, Binder binder, Object[] parameters, CultureInfo culture)
at VulcanRTFuncs.Functions.CreateInstance(__Usual[] $args) ---> System.Reflection.TargetInvocationException: Exception has been thrown by the target of an invocation. ---> Vulcan.VO.WCError:
Vulcan.NET Runtime Error

Error Code: 0 [Unknown error]
Subsystem: GUI Classes
Description: Dialog creation from resource failed
Function: DIALOGWINDOW:INIT
Call Stack:
at Vulcan.Error.Throw(__Usual[] $args)
at Vulcan.VO.DialogWindow..ctor(__Usual[] $args)
at Vulcan.VO.ModelessDialog..ctor(__Usual[] $args)
at Vulcan.VO.__FormDialogWindow..ctor(__Usual[] $args)

at Vulcan.Error.Throw(__Usual[] $args)
at Vulcan.VO.DialogWindow..ctor(__Usual[] $args)
at Vulcan.VO.ModelessDialog..ctor(__Usual[] $args)
at Vulcan.VO.__FormDialogWindow..ctor(__Usual[] $args)
--- End of inner exception stack trace ---
at System.RuntimeMethodHandle.InvokeMethod(Object target, Object[] arguments, Signature sig, Boolean constructor)
at System.Reflection.RuntimeConstructorInfo.Invoke(BindingFlags invokeAttr, Binder binder, Object[] parameters, CultureInfo culture)
at VulcanRTFuncs.Functions.CreateInstance(__Usual[] $args)
--- End of inner exception stack trace ---
at VulcanRTFuncs.Functions.CreateInstance(__Usual[] $args)
at Vulcan.VO.__FormFrame..ctor(__Usual[] $args)
at Vulcan.VO.DataWindow..ctor(__Usual[] $args)
at OurDataWindow..ctor(__Usual[] $args) in C:\VisualStudioProjects\Options Reports\Options_Reports_11\Classes\MiscClasses.prg:line 1269
at RepILst..ctor(__Usual[] $args) in C:\VisualStudioProjects\Options Reports\Options_Reports_11\RepILst\InventoryRepILst.prg:line 10325
--- End of inner exception stack trace ---
at System.RuntimeMethodHandle.InvokeMethod(Object target, Object[] arguments, Signature sig, Boolean constructor)
at System.Reflection.RuntimeConstructorInfo.Invoke(BindingFlags invokeAttr, Binder binder, Object[] parameters, CultureInfo culture)
at VulcanRTFuncs.Functions.CreateInstance(__Usual[] $args)

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