[fpc-pascal] FPC and Memory

Tomas Hajny XHajT03 at mbox.vol.cz
Sun May 1 13:26:39 CEST 2005

Subject:        	Re: [fpc-pascal] FPC and Memory
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> [ Charset ISO-8859-1 unsupported, converting... ]
> > Yes, this is interisting but I'd like for example to create a memory
> > image of some part of ram to see exactly what is there. In old dos
> > days it was possible to do like for i:=0 to 65535 do for j:=0 to 15
> > do write(f,mem[i,j]); or similarly. But how can be done this in
> > Windows?
> Not like this. There are some ways via win32 api calls probably, but
> these are probably privileged (requires adminstrator rights)
> I'd search for "physical memory access" or so on MSDN.

Although I'm no Win32 programmer, I'd expect that "physical memory 
access" should be only possible from drivers (and that wouldn't help 
here anyway, because one doesn't know the real "physical memory 
address" used by the other process). Accessing memory of another 
process (without special support in this process) is probably only 
possible through the debugging API mentioned by somebody else (which 
needs NT privilege for debugging). Another (IMHO better) alternative 
could be by using shared memory (allocated as such in the "monitored" 
process), or by providing hooks in the monitored process for 
enquiring the current status. These hooks could be provided by having 
a dedicated thread in the monitored process listening for requests 
sent through a named pipe (local only, very easy to setup) or a 
TCP/IP socket (allows remote monitoring too, but somewhat more 


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