NT service (setting Description string)

Larry Bates lbates at swamisoft.com
Wed Mar 3 21:10:29 CET 2004

I found a way to do this that seems to make
sense.  You can modify the Description in
the registry using _winreg.  The value
is located at:


I then installed the code below in the main
program of the service (that gets executed
when the service is installed).  This way
the registry gets "fixed" every time the
service is installed or removed.  Seems to
work pretty well.

Thanks for the input from everyone.

Larry Bates

if __name__ == "__main__":
    import sys
    import _winreg
    #  Following line handles install/remove/start/stop commands from the
command line
    try: cmd=sys.argv[1].upper()
    except: sys.exit()

    if cmd == 'INSTALL':
        print "Calling win32evtlogutil.AddSourceToRegistry for AFR


        # Update the description of this service in the registry

        # Open registry at the proper key

        key=_winreg.OpenKey(_winreg.HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, regkey, 0,
        description='AFR provides automated routing for inbound faxes that
are ' \
                    'received by Castelle Faxpress fax server.  Faxes are
converted ' \
                    'to .PDF files and routed via SMTP email to users based
on ' \
                    'routing rules.'

        _winreg.SetValueEx(key, 'Description', 0, _winreg.REG_SZ,

    elif cmd == 'REMOVE':
        print "Calling win32evtlogutil.RemoveSourceFromRegistry for AFR

"Larry Bates" <lbates at swamisoft.com> wrote in message
news:jJmdnfpaDewojtjdRVn-sQ at comcast.com...
> Anybody know what variable I need to define in my
> class to set the long description that shows up
> in the Services control panel applet?
> _svc_name_         holds the short name
> _svc_display_name_ holds the long name
> _svc_?????_        holds the description
> Thanks, Larry

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