CreateFile returns ERROR_INVALID_HANDLE

Hi,

under some circumstances we have a problem when
calling CreateFile(): the return value
is ERROR_INVALID_HANDLE  (6).

We guess in that case we have a environment problem,
but we don't know how to prove it.

The error only occurs if a relative path name was
given. No problem with absolute path names.

.................. Source ..........................
#include <windows.h>
#include <limits.h>

main(argc, argv)
int argc;
char **argv;
{
      extern int getchar();
      extern int printf();

      DWORD                  bufferlength;
      char                   buffer[MAX_PATH+1];
      LPTSTR                  lpbuf;

      HANDLE                  hPipe;
      DWORD                   err;
      SECURITY_ATTRIBUTES      sa;

      sa.nLength              = sizeof(sa);
      sa.bInheritHandle       = TRUE;
      sa.lpSecurityDescriptor = NULL;

      lpbuf = buffer;
       bufferlength = MAX_PATH;

      getchar();

      if (GetCurrentDirectory(bufferlength, buffer) == 0)
      {
        err = GetLastError();
        printf("LastError of GetCurrentDirectory() = %d\n", err);
      }
      else
        printf("CWD = %s\n", buffer);
      
      hPipe = CreateFile(argv[1],
            GENERIC_READ | GENERIC_WRITE,
            0,
            &sa,
            CREATE_ALWAYS,
            FILE_ATTRIBUTE_NORMAL,
            (HANDLE)NULL);

      if (hPipe == INVALID_HANDLE_VALUE)
      {
        err = GetLastError();
        printf("LastError of CreateFile() = %d\n", err);
      }

      return 0;
}

.............the transcript ..............................................

$ mytouch kkk                
                             
CWD = E:\CB\X.BASIC\0        
LastError of CreateFile() = 6            // ERROR_INVALID_HANDLE


$ mytouch E:\CB\X.BASIC\0\kkk
                             
CWD = E:\CB\X.BASIC\0        
                              // NO problem

$ mytouch kkk                
                             
CWD = E:\CB\X.BASIC\0        
LastError of CreateFile() = 6            // ERROR_INVALID_HANDLE  


$          

......................................

Can anybody tell me whats wrong ?


Thanks
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moosachAsked:
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trestanCommented:
As you have known, CreateFile can create various kind of objects. So an absolute path should be given to create a physical file on disk. I think you can append the file input from the console to the end of the path you detected. Use the new string as filename in the CreateFile function.
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trestanCommented:
Add the following codes in your file. Use FileName in CreateFile function. Run program in dospromp window. Provide the filename to be created along with this program name. Or revise the program to allow input the file name in run time: scanf("Please Input File Name%s", &GetName); Change the argv[1] to GetName.

char FileName[MAX_PATH];
int j=0;

for (int i=0; i<=(int)strlen(buffer); i++)
{
      if((buffer[i])!='\\')
      {
            FileName[j]=buffer[i];
      }
      else
      {
            FileName[j]=buffer[i];
            j++;
            FileName[j]='\\';
      }
      j++;
}
strcat(FileName,"\\\\");
strcat(FileName, argv[1]);


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trestanCommented:
Also I would like to mention you that this method will work under Windows NT. In Windows 95, you have to create VxD to deal with disk.
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moosachAuthor Commented:
Great !
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