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    • #5187

      Hi there,

      I have a C++ program which I need to get the full path to as I need to store game assets in a datbase. I am connecting via odbc so need ot make a DSN string. Now, I have it working but I need to put a literel path into the database string, which is in the same directory as the executable.
      If I change the place the .exe is , which i routinely do, I need to change the conenction string.
      So I was looking for a C++ windows API call which returns the path of the directory of the executable.
      Can anyone shed any light on this , any google search I make returns lots of USELESS results ?
      Cheers in advance guys and gals,

    • #30653

      Well , time is a great heler, unless you have a bad rash, then get a cream.
      And lo and behold the problem solution was found

      #include <direct.h> // for getcwd

      char FilePath[_MAX_PATH]; // _MAX_PATH represents the longest possible path on this OS

      getcwd(FilePath, _MAX_PATH); // reads the current working directory into the array FilePath

      works well for C++ in both VS6 and Bloodshed Dev c++.
      post closed.

    • #30877

      In C and C++ applications argv[0] is set to the executables path. If you’re using C++, I highly recomend boost (boost.org) and its filesystem libraries.

    • #32959

      It can be extracted from the string returned by the Win32 function GetCommandLine () also.

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