I know I'm late for Halloween but we are still between holidays. Back in 2012, I needed a way to start Apache in the background. No one had built anything (that I liked), so I over-engineered a solution: https://github.com/cubiclesoft/createprocess-windows It takes the core CreateProcess() Windows API call, soups it up, and makes nearly every option directly available to command-line applications and batch files. Today I put the finishing touches on a wild new addition. The newest feature adds TCP/IP socket support, thanks to this StackOverflow post . What makes the new feature scary is that ANY IP address can be used, not just localhost addresses. Therefore, you can have it connect out to a server on the Internet or a LAN (or your IoT toaster?) and, in fine unencrypted fashion, route data to/from the stdin, stdout, and stderr of ANY process of your choice. Security? What's that? The feature was added to work around bugs in various scripting languages where they
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