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Modifying an AppWiz application to be console application

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Is it possible to modify a standard program generated
by the AppWizard so it can be started As a console application?

It also has to be able to accept input :  
 main(int argc, char **argv)

and the AppWizard program can't be a spawned
process of the console app.

Thanks,

Eric
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mikeblas earned 80 total points
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It is possible, but it's not worth the trouble--you end up removing ten times more than you would use.

I don't understand your requirement that "the AppWizard program can't be a spawned process of the console app". I can't reconcile your statement: a console application is free to create windows, so that can't be what you mean.  And a console app can spawn a /SUBSYSTEM:WINDOWS application any time it wants to.  So, that can't be what you mean.

What is it that you're really trying to say?

You don't mention which version of which development environment you're using, so I'll assume you're using VC++ 5.0. Anyhow, to get an MFC app that runs as a console, you should:

1) Ask for a new "Win32 Console Application"
2) In the resulting project, use the "Settings" command in the "project menu"
3) Make sure "All Configurations" is selected in the "Settings For" box
4) In the "Microsoft Foundation Classes" drop down, select either "in a Shared DLL" or "in a static library"--whichever you like.
5) Press OK to close the "Project Settings" dialog
6) Create a new *.CPP file.  Name it whatever you like.
7) Add the *.CPP file you created to your project.
8) Edit the *.CPP file.  Put this code in it:

#include <afx.h>
#include <afxwin.h>

CWinApp theApp;

int main(int argc, char* argv[])
{
   int nRetVal = 1;

   if (!AfxWinInit(GetModuleHandle(), NULL, GetCommandLine(), 0))
   {
      // MFC failed to initialize.
      printf("startup error!");
   }
   else
   {
      // your app is up!  make whatever Win32 API, standard lib,
      // or MFC calls you'd like.

      CString str("Hello");
      printf("%s world!\n", (LPCTSTR) str);
      nRetVal = 0;
   }

   return nRetVal;
}

9) Save it.
10) Build it.

You're in business.

.B ekiM



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