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When you use the C run-time (CRT) _popen function in Microsoft Visual C++ .NET 2003, your application leaks a handle every time that you call the function.
To help improve performance, the implementation for the CRT _popen function was changed in Visual C++ .NET 2003. The CRT _popen function now uses the WinAPI CreateProcess function instead of the CRT _spawnl function. The handle leak is caused by a bug in Visual C++ .NET 2003. This bug causes the hThread handle field of the PROCESS_INFORMATION structure to stay open.
A supported hotfix is now available from Microsoft, but it is only intended to correct the problem that is described in this article. Only apply it to systems that are experiencing this specific problem. This hotfix may receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next Visual Studio .NET 2003 service pack that contains this hotfix.
To resolve this problem immediately, contact Microsoft Product Support Services to obtain the hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Product Support Services telephone numbers and information about support costs, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
PrerequisitesNo prerequisites are required.
Restart requirementYou do not have to restart your computer after you apply this hotfix.
Hotfix replacement informationThis hotfix does not replace any other hotfixes.
File informationThe English version of this hotfix has the file attributes (or later file attributes) that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time tool in Control Panel.
Date Time Version Size File name -------------------------------------------------------------- 03-Feb-2005 02:57 13,858 A_map.c 03-Feb-2005 03:27 363,744 Eh.lib 03-Feb-2005 02:57 10,456 Io.h 06-Feb-2004 19:29 4,246 Ios.cpp 03-Feb-2005 03:30 2,707,628 Libc.lib 03-Feb-2005 03:34 3,023,492 Libcd.lib 03-Feb-2005 03:31 2,937,528 Libcmt.lib 03-Feb-2005 03:36 3,304,810 Libcmtd.lib 03-Feb-2005 03:30 3,601,372 Libcp.lib 03-Feb-2005 03:35 4,433,774 Libcpd.lib 03-Feb-2005 03:32 3,651,664 Libcpmt.lib 03-Feb-2005 03:36 4,449,888 Libcpmtd.lib 03-Feb-2005 04:11 7.10.4353.0 499,712 Msvcp71.dll 03-Feb-2005 03:37 7.10.4353.0 765,952 Msvcp71d.dll 03-Feb-2005 04:11 7.10.4353.0 348,160 Msvcr71.dll 03-Feb-2005 03:37 7.10.4353.0 544,768 Msvcr71d.dll 03-Feb-2005 02:58 17,400 Popen.c 03-Feb-2005 02:57 9,948 Read.c 03-Feb-2005 16:00 202,240 Vc_user_crt71_rtl_x86_---.msm 03-Feb-2005 16:00 151,040 Vc_user_stl71_rtl_x86_---.msm
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.
To verify that your application has a handle leak, monitor the Handles count in Windows Task Manager.
For example, when you build and then run the following Visual C++ Win32 Console project code, the Handles count will continue to increase in Windows Task Manager:
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Article ID: 892086 - Last Review: May 15, 2006 - Revision: 2.2