listing existing windows services with python

Alf P. Steinbach alfps at
Tue Feb 16 07:04:32 CET 2010

* alex23:
> On Feb 16, 1:28 pm, "Alf P. Steinbach" <al... at> wrote:
>> It's probably Very Good, but one Microsoft-thing one should be aware of: using
>> WMI functionality generally starts up a background WMI service...
> "Probably"?

That means that since you say it's fantastic, it's probably very good. 
"Probably" is a way to qualify the statement. Based on your earlier and current 
quite emotional mode of expression I wouldn't take your word for an evaluation.

> You haven't even used the module but you felt the need to
> contribute anyway?

Yes, since I did not contribute about the module, but rather about the 
functionality that it uses, which you didn't mention in your otherwise excellent 
reply to the OP.

> And I see that my suggestion is "probably" a security concern too.

Yeah. It has nothing to do with the module, though. Only with Microsoft's WMI.

> Would it be too much to ask for you to provide
> something other than unrelated anecdotes as evidence to support these
> claims?

Google it.

E.g. <url:>.

Other words and search engines might turn up other things, but the description 
of not a security "hole" but a security "crater" seems to me to indicate that 
it's not 100% secure.

> Or perhaps produce an alternative solution[1] for the OP
> instead of shitting over a working solution?

Oh yes, the confusion that technical facts are somehow an expression of personal 
feelings and social matters, and can be chosen as one pleases, hence, that 
providing a fact or pointing out a possibility that is unwanted, is "shitting".

 From my point of view that's stupid.

But I also think that apart from your "shitting" on me (and there the analogy is 
more apt, it's not about technical facts) it's great that you provide the kind 
of help that you did, pointing out a probably very good module that it seems 
gives the required functionality, and giving an URL.

[snip further speculative insults]

Cheers & hth.,

- Alf

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