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Hi,

 This may be stupid, but has anybody tried to use the RxFolderMonitor already? And did it work?
Can somebody give me a working example? Or is it so that the notify mechanism doesn't work on an Windows NT platform???

Regards, Zif.
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by:erajoj
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Hi Zif,
Just tried it (on NT4) and I can't seem to get it to work either.
Are you using D4?

/// John
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John,
 No, I've got D3 :-(

Zif.
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ZifNab,

a few weeks ago I got it to work (with Delphi 3). Now I've Delphi 4 installed and it doesn't work anymore. But it is "only" an object implemenation of "FindFirstChangeNotification". You can do this with the windows API instead. But "FindFirstChangeNotification" is very stupid. It only tells you that something has happened in the folder it is watching at, not WHAT has changed...   :-(

Regards, Madshi.
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by:Madshi
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If you're using NT only, you should look at "ReadDirectoryChangesW" instead. I didn't work with it yet but it looks interesting...

Madshi.
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Madshi,
 to bad, it has to work on 95.. too... How did you get it to work?
Zif.
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ZifNab,

I tried again, now I got it to work. I did the following:

(1) Create a new application.
(2) Add a RxFolderMonitor component to "Form1".
(3) Set FolderName to "C:\".
(4) Set MonitorSubtree to "false".
(4) Set Active to "true".
(5) Create an event handler with nothing but a "beep" in it.
(6) Save and run application.
(7) Create a new dummy folder "C:\new folder".
(8) Now it beeps...   :-)

Hope it works with Delphi 3, too.

Regards, Madshi.
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by:ZifNab
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mmm, no beep here (message 'hello'). :-(
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That's strange. Did you test it with Win95, too?
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madshi, no only Win NT (=work) at the moment.
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by:Madshi
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ZifNab,

I've neither WinNT nor Delphi3 to test it in the moment. Please try it at home with Win95 and then write a comment again...
Or wait until next monday. Then I can test it with WinNT.

Madshi.
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ZifNab,

I've checked it with WinNT: it seems that it really doesn't work! So my suggestion: Call API instead of using Rx...

unit Unit1;

interface

uses
  Windows, Messages, SysUtils, Classes, Graphics, Controls, Forms, Dialogs,
  StdCtrls, tools;

type
  TForm1 = class(TForm)
    Button1: TButton;
    procedure Button1Click(Sender: TObject);
  private
    { Private-Deklarationen}
  public
    { Public-Deklarationen}
  end;

var
  Form1: TForm1;

implementation

{$R *.DFM}

var notifyHandle : cardinal;

function NotifyThreadProc(dummy: pointer) : cardinal; stdcall;
begin
  result:=0;
  repeat
    WaitForSingleObject(notifyHandle,INFINITE);
    beep;
    SetForegroundWindow(Application.handle);
    MessageBox(Application.handle,'Something has changed...','Information',0);
  until not FindNextChangeNotification(notifyHandle);
end;

procedure TForm1.Button1Click(Sender: TObject);
var tid : cardinal;
begin
  notifyHandle:=FindFirstChangeNotification('C:\',false,FILE_NOTIFY_CHANGE_FILE_NAME or
                                                        FILE_NOTIFY_CHANGE_DIR_NAME  or
                                                        FILE_NOTIFY_CHANGE_ATTRIBUTES);
  if notifyHandle<>INVALID_HANDLE_VALUE then begin
    CloseHandle(CreateThread(nil,0,@notifyThreadProc,nil,0,tid)); // Don't like Delphi threads...
  end else begin
    beep;
    MessageBox(0,'FindFirstChangeNotification could not be installed...','Information',0);
  end;
end;

end.
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by:Madshi
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P.S: Look at http://www.experts-exchange.com/Q.10077312.
There you'll find a little object example, too.
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Madshi,

call it as an answer, and I grade you after my vacation! Help me not forgetting it!

Regards, Zif.
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Thanx, Zif...   :-)
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