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Running q as a service on Windows

SrvAny is a tool from the Windows NT Resource Kit, used for running Windows NT applications as services.

To create a Windows NT user-defined service:

  1. Copy srvany.exe to c:\q

  2. At command prompt, type

    dos instsrv.exe q5010 c:\q\srvany.exe

    This will create service named q5010. We will use it to run q on port 5010 (tickerplant)

  3. Prepare the Windows Registry to set up parameters for q5010 service:

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\q5010\Parameters] "Application"="c:\q\w32\q.exe" "AppParameters"="-p 5010 -q" "AppDirectory"="c:\q"

  4. Now you can use q5010 service as a normal Windows service:

C:\> sc start q5010


C:\> net start q5010

To stop:

C:\> sc stop q5010


C:\> net stop q5010

If you want to set up several instances repeat steps 2-3 for different service names and ports. If you run tickerplant, realtime and historical database you will have 3 services at minimum, q5010, q5011, q5012. To start in appropriate order you can setup dependencies between q5011 and q5010

C:\> sc.exe q5011 depend= q5010

Note that = must be immediately after depend with a space before the service name.

In this way you can set up on Windows a complete q process that starts and stops in the right way.

Output redirect

If you need to redirect output you must modify application using following reg file.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

"AppParameters"="/c c:\\q\\w32\\q.exe -p 5010 -q >c:\\q\\logs\\q.5010.log"


I’ve experienced some problems redirecting output, so it would be great if someone can improve this article.

Environment setup

  1. Start regedit and go to the following subkey: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\q5010\Parameters

  2. Add Value with name AppEnvironment and type REG_MULTI_SZ.

  3. In the Multi-String Editor, enter environment variables:
    (Remember to add a new line after the last line, else the value will be ignored.)

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