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Posted on 1997-06-25
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VB-5 on Win NT
Hello.  I am having a problem using these API functions.
The problem is that I can use lRead to read a file into memory.  However when I try to write the data back into a file something is going wrong.
What is happening is that the file is created however, the
file contains the address of the pointer I am using followed buy garbage.

Here is a sniplet of the code to read the file into memory

    mlng_MemoryHandle = GlobalAlloc(GMEM_ZEROINIT, FileSize)
   
    mlng_MemoryAddress = GlobalLock(mlng_MemoryHandle)
    hFile = CreateFile(FileName, GENERIC_READ,                                           FILE_SHARE_READ, ByVal 0&, OPEN_EXISTING,                                           FILE_ATTRIBUTE_ARCHIVE, ByVal 0&)
             
   retval = lread(hFile, ByVal mlng_MemoryAddress, FileSize)
   retval = CloseHandle(hFile)

Up until here everthing is fine.  the problem must be here.



hFile = CreateFile(FileName, GENERIC_WRITE,                    FILE_SHARE_WRITE, ByVal 0&, CREATE_ALWAYS,                    FILE_ATTRIBUTE_ARCHIVE, ByVal 0&)

MemSize = GlobalSize(mlng_MemoryHandle)
   
retval = lwrite(hFile, mlng_MemoryAddress, MemSize)

   
  'Close the File
  'Unlock Allocated memory
  'Deallocate memory
 etc etc...

What am I doing wrong????
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rmichels earned 40 total points
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Try putting a ByVal in front of of mlng_MemoryAddress in the lwrite call.   I think VB is doing something weird, converting your memory address to a string before pass it on.  In my Win 3.1 code, that;s how I called lwrite
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by:stephaner
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This sis not work.  However, by changing the the function declaration from:
Private Declare Function lwrite Lib "kernel32" Alias "_lwrite" (ByVal hFile As Long, ByVal lpBuffer As string, ByVal wBytes As Long) As Long

to:
Private Declare Function lwrite Lib "kernel32" Alias "_lwrite" (ByVal hFile As Long, ByVal lpBuffer As Long, ByVal wBytes As Long) As Long

I have solved my problem
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