Running "lc" as a Windows NT Service
A special version of
"lc" - the GUI-less form of liveCaster -
is available as a Windows NT Service.
(This will allow it to run
automatically on machine startup, and on Windows NT machines without a console or GUI.)
To install the 'Service' version of "lc", run
"lcService" with the "-install" option.
This will install the service in manual mode; you must then use the Windows NT "service control applet"
to start it up (and/or set it to run automatically upon machine startup).
To remove the service, run
again, this time with the "-remove" option.
Like "lc", "lcService" outputs information about its channel,
and about each file that it streams.
These messages are recorded as 'pseudo-errors'
in the Application Log, which is viewable using the "Event Viewer" application
(Start->Programs->Administrative Tools (Common)->Event Viewer).
- Alternatively, you can redirect these messages to a file, by adding
- to each SELF*.txt file - a line of the form
can be either an absolute filename, or a filename relative to the directory containing the "lcService.exe" binary.
You can also run
as a console application
- e.g., for debugging purposes - by running it with the "-debug" option.
(This is equivalent to running the regular (non-Service) version of the application.)
Because the Service cannot take command-line arguments
(except when run as a console application using the "-debug" flag),
you cannot specify a source directory using the "-d" option.
Instead, the Service uses the same directory that contains the
Therefore, this directory must also contain:
- The "mk_sap_watcher.tcl" file.
(This should have been installed automatically by the
- A "SELF.txt" file (e.g., previously created using the GUI-based
You can also specify more than one output stream,
using multiple SELF*.txt files.
- Data to stream (e.g., MP3 files and/or playlists),
unless an alternative input source was previously specified
by running the GUI-based application ("liveCaster")
with the -s <source-name>
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