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File Manager Parameters

Posted on 1997-10-21
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Does anyone know if it is possible to get File Manager to start with a specific Drive/Directory view open. I would like to launch an File Manager from an application and specify the location that is in view.

Identical to the way 'Explore This CD' on the Windows 95 CD opens Explorer at the Root of the CD, I can do that on Win95/NT 4, I would like similar functionality under Win 3.1x/NT 3.x.

Before you ask, yes it is for an autorun app on a CD. My company distributes to all Windows platform so using a 16 bit exe is simplest. :)\

Thanks in advance.
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by:AlunCarp
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by:tabit
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I thik yoiu can set the initial directory in the fileman.ini, wait a moment and I tell you which line to edit...

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by:tabit
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My answer is wrong and the file would have been winfile.ini not fileman.ini

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by:saar2
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To save the startup direcotry:

enter to the directory you want to start with.
goto Options menu.
ask - Save Configuration On Exit (last line).
exit from the file manager.
open the file manager again.
ask for - Don't Save COnfiguration On Exit (Options menu - last line).

I am using the Hebrew version of Windows and I hope have translate the options right.

Saar
saar@bigfoot.com
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by:AlunCarp
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I need to launch File Manager from another application and specify which directory is opened in its default view.

I dont know until runtime which directory or driver that will be and I dont get to touch the PC before the application is run.

To see the effect I'm after take a look at the Windows 95 CD on a Win95 machine, it has an 'Explore thid CD' option, when you click it Windows Explorer opens with the root of the CD in view.

I want the same effect but from Windows 3.1x.
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saar2 earned 100 total points
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Save a default directory as I previously said, then edit the file WINFILE.INI. There is a line says:

Dir1=

look at the line - you will see the default directory and this way you can change it.

Saar
saar@bigfoot.com
UIN: 3233305
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by:tabit
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saar2, I was suggesting that before, did it work for you? It did not work for me and I tried it after I recommending...
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by:saar2
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tabit, you did not talk about the right file - the right one is WINFILE.INI

It works!


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by:tabit
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Dear saar2,

I corrected myself and said:

"the file would have been winfile.ini not fileman.ini"

anyway, it did not work for me, so its your answer :-)
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by:AlunCarp
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I have checked it out and can see how it could be done. Probably wont ever get round to it as I have been moved on to other projects.

Wouldn't it have been so nice if you could pass the dir on the command line.

Thanks for the hint.
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