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  1. #1
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    Getting and Setting current Directory

    void main() {
    char olddir[MAX_PATH];
    if (GetCurrentDirectory(MAX_PATH, olddir) == 0) {
    errormessage();
    //exit(1);
    }
    MessageBox(NULL,olddir,L"File",MB_OK);
    _tprintf(TEXT("Current Directory %s\n"),olddir);
    if(SetCurrentDirectory("C:\\Documents and settings") == 0)
    errormessage();
    if (GetCurrentDirectory(MAX_PATH, olddir) == 0) {
    errormessage();
    }
    _tprintf(TEXT("Current Directory %s\n"),olddir);
    getch();
    }

    I have been using this code to get and set my current directory but when setting the directory it always displays the error "The System can't find the file specified"

    while getting the file it displays this as the current directory
    Current Directory c:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\My Documents\Visual St
    udio 2005\Projects\Scorta\TEST

  2. #2
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    Re: Getting and Setting current Directory

    I does not look wrong actually. I assume your "errormessage()" prints
    the GetLastError() result.

    You should try to add a backslash "\\" as last character even if SetCurrentDirectory should do
    that for you.
    If that does not work, check if you have enough permissions on the directory.

  3. #3
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    Re: Getting and Setting current Directory

    thankx a lot its done
    actually i changed the line
    if(SetCurrentDirectory("C:\\Documents and settings") == 0)
    to
    if(SetCurrentDirectory(L"C:\\Documents and settings") == 0)
    converting intowide character.

    I don't have any idea why it worked can you explain it
    thnx in advance

  4. #4
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    Re: Getting and Setting current Directory

    Your original code never would have compiled because of the mix of character types. Therefore, you never would have got an error message. So why did you post the question?

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    Re: Getting and Setting current Directory

    Quote Originally Posted by 0xC0000005 View Post
    Your original code never would have compiled because of the mix of character types. Therefore, you never would have got an error message. So why did you post the question?
    The code compiled on visual studio 2005 but I don't know Why ?

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