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Inside Macintosh: Processes
Chapter 2 - Process Manager / Process Manager Reference
Routines / Launching Applications and Desk Accessories


You can use the LaunchDeskAccessory function to launch desk accessories. Use this function only when your application needs to launch a desk accessory for some reason other than the user's choosing one from the Apple menu. (When the user chooses any Apple menu item that is not specific to your application, use the OpenDeskAcc function.)

FUNCTION LaunchDeskAccessory (pFileSpec: FSSpecPtr; 
                              pDAName: StringPtr): OSErr;
A pointer to a file system specification of the resource fork to search for the specified desk accessory.
The name of the 'DRVR' resource to launch.
The LaunchDeskAccessory function searches the resource fork of the file specified by the pFileSpec parameter for the desk accessory with the 'DRVR' resource name specified in the pDAName parameter. If the 'DRVR' resource name is found, LaunchDeskAccessory launches the corresponding desk accessory. If the desk accessory is already open, it is brought to the front.

Use the pFileSpec parameter to specify the file to search. Specify NIL as the value of pFileSpec if you want to search the current resource file and the resource files opened before it. Otherwise, use a pointer to an FSSpec record to specify the file.

In the pDAName parameter, specify the 'DRVR' resource name of the desk accessory to launch. Specify NIL as the value of pDAName if you want to launch the first 'DRVR' resource found in the file as returned by the Resource Manager. Because the LaunchDeskAccessory function opens the specified resource file for exclusive access, you cannot launch more than one desk accessory from the same resource file.

If the 'DRVR' resource is in a resource file that is already open by the current process or if the driver is in the System file and the Option key is pressed, LaunchDeskAccessory launches the desk accessory in the application's heap. Otherwise, the desk accessory is given its own partition and launched in the system heap.

The trap macro and routine selector for the LaunchDeskAccessory function are
Trap macro Selector

noErr0No error
resNotFound-192Resource not found

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17 JUN 1996