C++ – CreateProcess doesn’t pass command line arguments


Hello I have the following code but it isn't working as expected, can't figure out what the problem is.

Basically, I'm executing a process (a .NET process) and passing it command line arguments, it is executed successfully by CreateProcess() but CreateProcess() isn't passing the command line arguments

What am I doing wrong here??

int main(int argc, char* argv[])
    PROCESS_INFORMATION ProcessInfo; //This is what we get as an [out] parameter

    STARTUPINFO StartupInfo; //This is an [in] parameter

    ZeroMemory(&StartupInfo, sizeof(StartupInfo));
    StartupInfo.cb = sizeof StartupInfo ; //Only compulsory field

    LPTSTR cmdArgs = "name@example.com";

    if(CreateProcess("D:\\email\\smtp.exe", cmdArgs, 

        printf("The process could not be started...");

    return 0;

EDIT: Hey one more thing, if I pass my cmdArgs like this:

// a space as the first character
LPTSTR cmdArgs = " name@example.com";

Then I get the error, then CreateProcess returns TRUE but my target process isn't executed.

Object reference not set to an instance of an object

Best Solution

You should specify also the module name in parameters: LPTSTR cmdArgs = "App name@example.com"; It should be the whole command line (including argv[0]).

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