ivica ivica - 24 days ago 12
Python Question

Windows service written in Python works only in debug mode

I've written a simple Windows service which should use websockets to report status of VirtualBox machines.

After installing and starting the service, my websocket server receives a connection request but the connection gets closed almost instantly.

server output when I start the service

running on port 8888
new connection
connection closed


Running the service with
pythonservice.exe -debug myservice
opens a websocket connection and sends the data I expect.

Server output when I start the service with debug flag

running on port 8888
new connection
message received VM NAME: win1, Memory: 111, CPUS: 1
message received VM NAME: win2, Memory: 266, CPUS: 1
message received VM NAME: win3, Memory: 256, CPUS: 1
message received VM NAME: lin1, Memory: 256, CPUS: 1
message received VM NAME: lin2, Memory: 200, CPUS: 1
message received VM NAME: lin3, Memory: 222, CPUS: 1
connection closed


Service source:

import win32serviceutil
import win32service
import win32event
import servicemanager
import socket
import time
import logging
import virtualbox
from websocket import create_connection

ws = create_connection("ws://192.168.56.1:8888/ws")

class VMInventory(win32serviceutil.ServiceFramework):
_svc_name_ = "VMInventory"
_svc_display_name_ = "VMInventory service"

def __init__(self,args):
win32serviceutil.ServiceFramework.__init__(self,args)
self.stop_event = win32event.CreateEvent(None,0,0,None)
socket.setdefaulttimeout(60)
self.stop_requested = False

def SvcStop(self):
self.ReportServiceStatus(win32service.SERVICE_STOP_PENDING)
win32event.SetEvent(self.stop_event)
self.stop_requested = True

def SvcDoRun(self):
servicemanager.LogMsg(
servicemanager.EVENTLOG_INFORMATION_TYPE,
servicemanager.PYS_SERVICE_STARTED,
(self._svc_name_,'')
)
self.main()

def main(self):
# Simulate a main loop
vb = virtualbox.VirtualBox()
while True:
vms = vb.machines
if self.stop_requested:
break
for vm in vms:
ws.send("VM NAME: %s, Memory: %s, CPUS: %s" % (vm.name, str(vm.memory_size), str(vm.cpu_count)))
time.sleep(5)
ws.close()
return

if __name__ == '__main__':
win32serviceutil.HandleCommandLine(HelloWorldSvc)

Answer

Service itself is working just fine, my installation method was wrong. The correct way to install it is

python aservice.py  --username <username> --password <PASSWORD> --startup auto install

where <username> is prefixed with .\ if using a local account, or with DOMAIN\ if using a domain account.

For example

python aservice.py  --username .\johndoe --password mYstr0ngp4$$ --startup auto install
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