Trouble killing a process on windows

Thomas Nelson thn at
Sun Jun 3 04:49:21 CEST 2007

On Jun 2, 11:43 am, Tim Golden <m... at> wrote:
> Thomas Nelson wrote:
> > from subprocess import Popen
> > from time import sleep
> > import win32api
> > war3game = Popen(["C:\Program Files\Warcraft III\Frozen Throne.exe"])
> > sleep(30)
> > print "slept for 30"
> > print win32api.TerminateProcess(int(war3game._handle),-1)
> > #print
> > ctypes.windll.kernel32.TerminateProcess(int(war3game._handle),-1)
> > print "terminated process"
> > Here's the output:
> > slept for 30
> > Traceback (most recent call last):
> >   File "C:\Python24\warcraft\", line 7, in ?
> >     print win32api.TerminateProcess(int(war3game._handle),-1)
> > error: (5, 'TerminateProcess', 'Access is denied.')
> > I'm logged in as adminstrator.  Does anyone know how to fix this
> > problem?
> There's nothing obvious. I assume you got your info
> from here?
> Just for completeness, have you tried the pid-based technique
> shown there? I've no idea why it should work if this one
> doesn't but... (I have a slight suspicion that the fact that
> it opens the process with a "for-termination" flag might help).
> Failing that, you can see if WMI can do it (although I assume
> that, under the covers, WMI just calls TerminateProcess):
> I suppose you might have to adjust your token privs to include,
> say the Debug priv. This is designed to let you take control
> of any process (and terminate it, or whatever). If it looks
> like you need to do that, post back and I -- or someone else --
> can try to run up an example.

I Tried the PID method, and the Taskkill method, and neither worked.
This is what I get for trying to work on a windows machine.  If you
could explain how to add the debug privilege, that would be great.
Just out of curiosity, is there a reason a python module like os
couldn't have a universal terminateProcess type function, that works
on all systems?  Something like os.listdir seems to work really well
everywhere.  Maybe killing processes is too complicated for this?

Thanks for the help,

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