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Michael Roberts

NAME

Win32::RunAsAdmin - Simple tools for handling Windows UAC

VERSION

Version 0.02

SYNOPSIS

Windows UAC (User Account Control) is the mechanism used by a program to request elevated privileges, that is, to run as Administrator to make changes to the system. A program requests this when it is executed, normally by means of a manifest embedded in the executable, which obviously doesn't work for Perl.

Win32::RunAsAdmin allows you to fake this; you can detect if your script is running with elevated privileges, and if not, you can request a restart with them. You can also simply use these tools to run another process with elevated privileges.

This is still not a perfect solution, as Windows forces the new elevated process to run in a separate console. But it's perfect for many purposes, would work beautifully for wperl.exe-type GUI programs, and still makes it easier to run other things as admin.

If you simply want to make sure your script is running as admin, invocation truly couldn't be simpler:

    use Win32::RunAsAdmin qw(force);
    

Got it? Do you want to see it again? OK.

    use Win32::RunAsAdmin qw(force);
    

But maybe you'd rather do something else before requesting a restart with elevated privileges.

    use Win32::RunAsAdmin;
    
    if (not Win32::RunAsAdmin::check) {
       # Do some stuff... 
       Win32::RunAsAdmin::restart;
    }

But be warned: be sure you use Win32::RunAsAdmin before importing anything else that might affect the current working directory! Otherwise Win32::RunAsAdmin won't actually know what your original working directory was. (It uses Devel::PL_origargv to get the absolute real command-line arguments, so that's safe.)

If you just want to use the infrastructure to run something else with elevated privileges, that's simple, too:

    use Win32::RunAsAdmin;
    
    Win32::RunAsAdmin::run ($executable, $arguments, $directory);
    

This is also exposed as a command-line utility "elev" when you install this module.

SUBROUTINES/METHODS

check

Call this to check whether you're already running with elevated privileges.

   if (Win32::RunAsAdmin::check) {
       # Do things to update Registry values
   } else {
       # Just read and report Registry values
   }
   

(It just uses Win32::IsAdminUser, but I find it easier to remember it like this.)

run ($executable, [$arguments, [$working_directory]])

Call this to run anything with elevated privileges. $executable is the full path to the executable, $arguments is a string containing the arguments to be passed to the executable, and $working_directory is the directory to run the process in (defaults to the current directory, obviously).

escape_args (...)

This provides a quote-escaped string for the arguments you passed, e.g. if your arguments are hi" and 'there, you'll get back the string "hi\"" "'there".

restart

Call this to restart the current script with its current command line in the current directory.

AUTHOR

Michael Roberts, <michael at vivtek.com>

There is a short article going into a little more depth about different options with dealing with UAC under Perl at http://www.vivtek.com/perl/perl_uac.html.

BUGS

Please report any bugs or feature requests to bug-win32-runasadmin at rt.cpan.org, or through the web interface at http://rt.cpan.org/NoAuth/ReportBug.html?Queue=Win32-RunAsAdmin. I will be notified, and then you'll automatically be notified of progress on your bug as I make changes.

SUPPORT

You can find documentation for this module with the perldoc command.

    perldoc Win32::RunAsAdmin

You can also look for information at:

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

LICENSE AND COPYRIGHT

Copyright 2014 Michael Roberts.

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the the Artistic License (2.0). You may obtain a copy of the full license at:

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