Due to implementation differences on the Microsoft Windows 95, Windows 98, and Microsoft Windows NT platforms, programs need an intermediate Win32 Console Application to successfully redirect the output of 16-bit console based applications (MS-DOS applications and batch files) on Windows 95 and Windows 98.
On Windows 95 and Windows 98 programs can exhibit blocking when using the ReadFile() API to read from the redirected handles of 16-bit console based applications (including console based MS-DOS applications and batch files.) In this situation ReadFile() remains blocked even after the redirected 16-bit console based application has terminated.
Programs can avoid this blocking situation by launching an intermediate Win32 Console application as a stub process between the Win32 parent and the 16-bit console based child. The creation of the stub application results in a Win32 console. The stub application then spawns the 16-bit console based application in the same console, forwarding it's redirected standard handles. As a result, the 16-bit console based application inherits the hidden console and the redirected standard handles.
Serves as an intermediate stub Win32 console application to
avoid a hanging pipe when redirecting 16-bit console based
programs (including MS-DOS console based programs and batch
files) on Window 95 and Windows 98.
This program is to be launched with redirected standard
handles. It will launch the command line specified 16-bit
console based application in the same console, forwarding
it's own redirected standard handles to the 16-bit child.
bRet : boolean;
si : STARTUPINFO;
pi : PROCESS_INFORMATION;
// Make child process use this app's standard files.
si.cb := sizeof(si);
si.dwFlags := STARTF_USESTDHANDLES;
si.hStdInput := GetStdHandle (STD_INPUT_HANDLE);
si.hStdOutput := GetStdHandle (STD_OUTPUT_HANDLE);
si.hStdError := GetStdHandle (STD_ERROR_HANDLE);
bRet := CreateProcess (nil, PChar(paramstr(1)),
if (bRet) then
WaitForSingleObject (pi.hProcess, INFINITE);