Shutting down a WPF application from App.xaml.cs


Question

I am currently writing a WPF application which does command-line argument handling in App.xaml.cs (which is necessary because the Startup event seems to be the recommended way of getting at those arguments). Based on the arguments I want to exit the program at that point already which, as far as I know, should be done in WPF with Application.Current.Shutdown() or in this case (as I am in the current application object) probably also just this.Shutdown().

The only problem is that this doesn't seem to work right. I've stepped through with the debugger and code after the Shutdown() line still gets executed which leads to errors afterwards in the method, since I expected the application not to live that long. Also the main window (declared in the StartupUri attribute in XAML) still gets loaded.

I've checked the documentation of that method and found nothing in the remarks that tell me that I shouldn't use it during Application.Startup or Application at all.

So, what is the right way to exit the program at that point, i. e. the Startup event handler in an Application object?

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3/31/2010 10:11:32 PM

Accepted Answer

First remove the StartupUri property from App.xaml and then use the following:

    protected override void OnStartup(StartupEventArgs e)
    {
        base.OnStartup(e);

        bool doShutDown = ...;

        if (doShutDown)
        {
            Shutdown(1);
            return;
        }
        else
        {
            this.StartupUri = new Uri("Window1.xaml", UriKind.Relative);
        }
    }
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3/3/2009 12:14:59 PM

If you remove the StartupUri from app.xaml for an application with a MainWindow you need to make sure you make the following call in your OnStartup method otherwise the application will not terminate when your MainWindow closes.

this.ShutdownMode = System.Windows.ShutdownMode.OnMainWindowClose;

@Frank Schwieterman, something along these lines may help you with your console window issue.


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