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Installing and creating Aliases for BDE 2.5 16-bit

Posted on 1998-06-08
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Hello,

I need to install a Delphi 1.0 application along with BDE 2.5 16-bit. The installation must run under Win 3.x/95/NT.

I do not have access to Delphi itself and corporate policy dictates that I must use InstallShield (in my particular case version 5 Pro). So basically I have to roll my own (using C/C++) or somehow access the BDE API from InstallShield's InstallScript.

Information from from both Inprise's site and InstallShield's have not addressed this issue. I need to know what the BDE api's are, from which DLL do I get them and any other information I can get about this particular situation (perhaps even examples using C/C++ - I am using Visual C++ 1.5/4.2)

Any information is appreciated.

Thanks.

Jose Negron
The Depository Trust Company
Tel: 212-855-8419
Email: Jose_Negron@dtc.org
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What do you mean by 'So basically I have to roll my own (using C/C++)'.

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I'm not sure if the following is relevant for the version of the BDE you are using ...

Creating and Alias using C

Example 1: Add a STANDARD database alias to the configuration file.

fDbiAddAlias1("TestAlias","PATH:C:\\BDE\\EXAMPLES\\TABLES");

DBIResult fDbiAddAlias1(char *AliasName, char *AliasPath)
{
  DBIResult rslt;
  rslt = Chk(DbiAddAlias(NULL, AliasName, NULL, AliasPath, TRUE));
  return rslt;
}
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by:jnegron
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'Roll my own' means that I have to write a program that will actually create the alias. I managed to get ahold of some information concerning the BDE API but and it even gives templates for C programs but it makes references to files such as IDAPI.H which I simply cannot find. The information I received comes from (I think) Delphi 3 docs. I have to do this with BDE 2.5 for an application written in Delphi 1. The .exe to create the alias must run under Win 3.x/95/NT.

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