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I have a file "init.cmd" which has the following commands inside it:

set APP_ROOT=c:/wamp/www/myproj
ringo -b %APP_ROOT%/bin/init.js %APP_ROOT%/app/main.js

The file works fine when run from the command line, but I'd like to turn it into a Windows Service.

So I type:

sc create MyServiceName binPath= c:/wamp/www/myproj/bin/init.cmd

The service is created, but everytime I try to start it, it crashes saying:

Error 1053: The service did not respond to the start or control request in a timely fashion.

I have a similar problem w/ Mongo, which is much simpler.

From a command prompt typing:


successfully starts the mongo server.

But trying to install a service as :

sc create mongo binPath= c:\mongodb\bin\mongod.exe

crashes on start everytime with the same error as above.

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Do you really need it to be a services, or do you just need it to start when the computer starts? You may be better off setting up a schedule task that is ran when the computer starts. – Zoredache Sep 21 '10 at 0:42
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You can't create a service pointing at a batch file. Create the service pointing to the ringo app, then edit the registry and give it the needed parameters. Set a system wide variable to the value that you need. That should allow the service to start.

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I have the same problem with Mongo which isn't a batch file. – Scott Sep 21 '10 at 0:29
It may just be poor error reporting for different reasons. – Scott Sep 21 '10 at 0:29
Let's forget Mongo for the moment. Am I able to have the service spawn a batch file AFTER it's been started? The trouble is that I have to set a variable in the LOCAL scope of the app so a system wide variable will conflict with other apps - hence the batch file. – Scott Sep 21 '10 at 0:37
No, the service won't be able to run a batch file. What you could do is throw together a small .NET app and have it set the local variable then launch the app. Can you run the app under a local user account? How about setting up an account and setting up a user variable with the correct setting. That way it won't impact other apps on the system unless they are run under that specific local account. – mrdenny Sep 21 '10 at 6:31

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