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Archive for the ‘Scripting’ Category

In windows, can I redirect stdout to a (named) pipe in command line? – Super User

Posted by jpluimers on 2019/01/14

Interesting thought [WayBackIn windows, can I redirect stdout to a (named) pipe in command line? – Super User.

The only problem seems to be a good way of creating/removing those pipes.


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List of Shell GUIDs for various Windows versions for use in shortcuts and batch files

Posted by jpluimers on 2019/01/09

In my search for starting the Windows Credential Manager from the console, I found [WayBackCredential Manager Shortcut – Create – Windows 7 Help Forums explaining:

%windir%\explorer.exe shell:::{1206F5F1-0569-412C-8FEC-3204630DFB70}

This reminded me of From batch file or shortcut: start Windows Update (via: Windows 7 Help Forums) and batch-file trick: Starting Windows Explorer and selecting a file (“explorer” commandline parameters “/n” “/e” “/select” “/root” “/start”

The odd thing is that some of the GUID shortcuts works fine using the shell::: syntax, but fail with the /e:: syntax, for instance Windows Update until Windows 8.1:

%windir%\explorer.exe shell:::{36eef7db-88ad-4e81-ad49-0e313f0c35f8}
%windir%\explorer.exe /e,::{36eef7db-88ad-4e81-ad49-0e313f0c35f8}

One day I’ll create a table of permutations for various Windows versions and execute options.

For now these links need to suffice:


Posted in Batch-Files, Development, Power User, Scripting, Software Development, Windows, Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 9 | 1 Comment »

Easy Running of Scripts at Boot and Shutdown – SUSE Blog | SUSE Communities

Posted by jpluimers on 2019/01/01




Posted in *nix, *nix-tools, bash, Development, Linux, openSuSE, Power User, Scripting, Software Development, SuSE Linux, Tumbleweed | Leave a Comment »

Python 2.7 Countdown: a year from now it is unsupported

Posted by jpluimers on 2019/01/01

Besides wishing you a happy new year, also a reminder: [WayBack] Python 2.7 Countdown Python 2.7 will retire on januari 1, 2020. Learn more and see the countdown here.

This is indeed a breaking change for Python users, similar as from Perl 4 to Perl 5, and PHP 4 to PHP 5.

It shows two things:

  • how extremely hard it is to evolve a language without breaking things
  • how long it takes for the community at large to digest breaking changes

And indeed porting of complex systems is hard [WayBack] WIP: Port calibre to python 3 by flaviut · Pull Request #870 · kovidgoyal/calibre · GitHub but doable [WayBack] Bug #1714107 “Python 2 is retiring” : Bugs : calibre.

Via: [WayBack1/WayBack2] Python 3 improves in some ways over Python 2, but also makes a bunch of changes that are breaking, but cosmetic (i.e. renaming methods and functions, or… – Kristian Köhntopp – Google+ (with some interesting comments, but also a rant-sequence of someone who would better use that energy to improve Python than to bash it).


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eventviewer – filtering on service stop/start events

Posted by jpluimers on 2018/12/27

Based on eventviewer – View Shutdown Event Tracker logs under Windows Server 2008 R2 – Server Fault « The Wiert Corner – irregular stream of stuff, I’ve made similar filters for service stop/start events.

Works on translated systems:

Get-EventLog System | Where-Object {$_.EventID -eq "7036"} | ft Machinename, TimeWritten, UserName, EventID, Message -AutoSize -Wrap

Or on one line:

Get-EventLog System ^| Where-Object {$_.EventID -in "6005","6006","7000","7009","7036","7040","7042","7043","7045"} ^| ft Machinename, TimeWritten, UserName, EventID, Message -AutoSize -Wrap

Note the -In operator was introduced in PowerShell 3: [WayBack]

Source: PowerShell v3 – New -in Operator | Jonathan Medd’s Blog

I’ve adapted the custom view to include all these event IDs above (note some links have disappeared moving my notes to a blog post):

  • [WayBack] 6005: The Event log service was started (indication for system startup).
  • [WayBack] 6006: The Event log service was stopped (indication for system shutdown).
  • [WayBack] 7000: The <servicename> service failed to start due to the following error:
    The service did not respond to the start or control request in a timely fashion.
  • [WayBack] 7009: A timeout was reached (30000 milliseconds) while waiting for the <servicename> service to connect.
  • [WayBack] 7036:
    • The <servicename> service entered the stopped state.
    • The <servicename> service entered the running state.
  • [WayBack] 7040: The start type of the <servicename> service was changed from demand start to auto start.
  • [WayBack] 7042: The <servicename> service was successfully sent a stop control.
  • [WayBack] 7043: The <servicename> service did not shut down properly after receiving a preshutdown control.
  • [WayBack] 7045: A service was installed in the system.

Other event IDs that might be relevant via [WayBack] Windows Server restart / shutdown history – Server Fault:

  • [WayBack] 6008: “The previous system shutdown was unexpected.” Records that the system started after it was not shut down properly.
  • [WayBack] 6009: Indicates the Windows product name, version, build number, service pack number, and operating system type detected at boot time.
  • [WayBack] 6013: Displays the uptime of the computer. There is no TechNet page for this id.
  • [WayBack] 1074: “The process X has initiated the restart / shutdown of computer on behalf of user Y for the following reason: Z.” Indicates that an application or a user initiated a restart or shutdown.
  • [WayBack] 1076: “The reason supplied by user X for the last unexpected shutdown of this computer is: Y.” Records when the first user with shutdown privileges logs on to the computer after an unexpected restart or shutdown and supplies a reason for the occurrence.
  • [WayBack] 41 (source: Microsoft-Windows-Kernel-Power)
  • [WayBack] 1001: (source: BugCheck).
  • [WayBack] 12, which is typically the first eventid to be logged after a reboot/reset etc and shows the actual “system start time”, i.e.: “The operating system started at system time ‎2017‎-‎09‎-‎19T02:46:06.582794900Z.”

A more complete list of Windows Kernel related Event IDs is at [WayBack] at master · bowlofstew/

Steps for the custom view:

Open Event Viewer then

  • Right click Custom Views
  • Click Create Custom View
  • Under the Filter tab
    • Keep Logged as Any time
    • Select all the Event level types (Critical, Warning, etc.)
    • Choose by source = Service Control Manager, Service Control Manager Performance Diagnostic Provider
    • Optionally; For Event ID under the Includes/Excludes Event IDs section enter 6005,6006,7000,7009,7036,7040,7042,7043,7045 for the Event ID
  • Click Ok
  • Enter a name like Shutdown Events and any description then
  • Click Ok again to complete the custom event log.

Your new custom view should show up in the list of custom views with the correct filter applied.


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