SetNamedPipeHandleState function

Sets the read mode and the blocking mode of the specified named pipe. If the specified handle is to the client end of a named pipe and if the named pipe server process is on a remote computer, the function can also be used to control local buffering.

Syntax

BOOL SetNamedPipeHandleState(
  HANDLE  hNamedPipe,
  LPDWORD lpMode,
  LPDWORD lpMaxCollectionCount,
  LPDWORD lpCollectDataTimeout
);

Parameters

hNamedPipe

A handle to the named pipe instance. This parameter can be a handle to the server end of the pipe, as returned by the CreateNamedPipe function, or to the client end of the pipe, as returned by the CreateFile function. The handle must have GENERIC_WRITE access to the named pipe for a write-only or read/write pipe, or it must have GENERIC_READ and FILE_WRITE_ATTRIBUTES access for a read-only pipe.

This parameter can also be a handle to an anonymous pipe, as returned by the CreatePipe function.

lpMode

The new pipe mode. The mode is a combination of a read-mode flag and a wait-mode flag. This parameter can be NULL if the mode is not being set. Specify one of the following modes.

Mode Meaning
PIPE_READMODE_BYTE
0x00000000
Data is read from the pipe as a stream of bytes. This mode is the default if no read-mode flag is specified.
PIPE_READMODE_MESSAGE
0x00000002
Data is read from the pipe as a stream of messages. The function fails if this flag is specified for a byte-type pipe.
 

One of the following wait modes can be specified.

Mode Meaning
PIPE_WAIT
0x00000000
Blocking mode is enabled. This mode is the default if no wait-mode flag is specified. When a blocking mode pipe handle is specified in the ReadFile, WriteFile, or ConnectNamedPipe function, operations are not finished until there is data to read, all data is written, or a client is connected. Use of this mode can mean waiting indefinitely in some situations for a client process to perform an action.
PIPE_NOWAIT
0x00000001
Nonblocking mode is enabled. In this mode, ReadFile, WriteFile, and ConnectNamedPipe always return immediately. Note that nonblocking mode is supported for compatibility with Microsoft LAN Manager version 2.0 and should not be used to achieve asynchronous input and output (I/O) with named pipes.

lpMaxCollectionCount

The maximum number of bytes collected on the client computer before transmission to the server. This parameter must be NULL if the specified pipe handle is to the server end of a named pipe or if client and server processes are on the same machine. This parameter is ignored if the client process specifies the FILE_FLAG_WRITE_THROUGH flag in the CreateFile function when the handle was created. This parameter can be NULL if the collection count is not being set.

lpCollectDataTimeout

The maximum time, in milliseconds, that can pass before a remote named pipe transfers information over the network. This parameter must be NULL if the specified pipe handle is to the server end of a named pipe or if client and server processes are on the same computer. This parameter is ignored if the client process specified the FILE_FLAG_WRITE_THROUGH flag in the CreateFile function when the handle was created. This parameter can be NULL if the collection count is not being set.

Return Value

If the function succeeds, the return value is nonzero.

If the function fails, the return value is zero. To get extended error information, call GetLastError.

Remarks

Windows 10, version 1709:  Pipes are only supported within an app-container; ie, from one UWP process to another UWP process that's part of the same app. Also, named pipes must use the syntax "\.\pipe\LOCAL" for the pipe name.

Examples

For an example, see Named Pipe Client.

Requirements

   
Minimum supported client Windows 2000 Professional [desktop apps | UWP apps]
Minimum supported server Windows 2000 Server [desktop apps | UWP apps]
Target Platform Windows
Header namedpipeapi.h
Library Kernel32.lib
DLL Kernel32.dll

See Also

ConnectNamedPipe

CreateFile

CreateNamedPipe

GetNamedPipeHandleState

Pipe Functions

Pipes Overview

ReadFile

WriteFile