2 little questions

How can I retrieve the current path (application.exename) but in the MS-DOS format?

How can I make my program wait until the program executed using winexec () terminates?
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jpcsAsked:
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MadshiConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Here comes my answer...

(1)

function GetShortName(long: string; var short: string) : boolean;
var c1 : cardinal;
begin
  result:=false;
  short:=long;
  if (long='') or (integer(GetFileAttributes(pchar(long)))=-1) then exit;
  c1:=GetShortPathName(PChar(long),nil,0);
  if c1=0 then exit;
  SetLength(short,c1);
  GetShortPathName(PChar(long),PChar(short),c1);
  SetLength(short,c1-1);
  result:=true;
end;

Now you can call "GetShortName(Application.ExeName,strVar)".

(2) A little example:

procedure ExecuteAndWait;
var c1 : cardinal;
begin
  if ExecutePrgOrFile('notepad.exe','','',ph) then begin
    WaitForSingleObject(ph);
    CloseHandle(ph);
  end;
end;

This will work, but it will "block" your application until the other application has finished. If you don't like that you'll have to look at the Delphi "TThread" object yourself. Unfortunately I can't give you a complete source example for the non-blocking-solution, because it would be a little bit work. However, the blocking-solution should fulfil your needs, doesn't it?
You can use "CreateProcess" instead of "ShellExecuteEx" (see EKIM's answer), but "CreateProcess" is not able to run shortcuts or files or ..., while "ShellExecuteEx" is able to do that.

Regards, Madshi.
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MadshiCommented:
jpcs,

(1) Convert "Application.ExeName" with "GetShortPathName".


(2) Call the following function instead of WinExec:

function ExecutePrgOrFile(prgOrFile, params, workingDir: string; var processHandle: cardinal) : boolean;
var ei : TShellExecuteInfo;
begin
  processHandle:=INVALID_HANDLE_VALUE;
  with ei do begin
    cbSize:=SizeOf(ei);
    fMask:=SEE_MASK_FLAG_NO_UI or SEE_MASK_NOCLOSEPROCESS;
    WND:=Application.handle;
    lpVerb:='Open';
    lpFile:=PChar(prgOrFile);
    lpParameters:=PChar(params);
    if workingDir='' then workingDir:=ExtractFilePath(prgOrFile);
    lpDirectory:=PChar(workingDir);
    nShow:=SW_SHOWNORMAL;
  end;
  result:=ShellExecuteEx(@ei);
  if result then processHandle:=ei.hProcess;
end;

Now you can call WaitForSingleObject with the process handle as parameter. Note, that this WaitForSingleObject call does not return, until the process is really finished. That means your program does not handle messages anymore. So perhaps you should think about a little thread...

Regards, Madshi.
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BlackDeathCommented:
hoi, madshi!
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MadshiCommented:
Hoi, BlackDeath (wat' soll den "hoi" bloß heißen?)...
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BlackDeathCommented:
zickezacke...
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MadshiCommented:
Aha :-)
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BlackDeathCommented:
oder aber auch t.n.t. >:>=>
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jpcsAuthor Commented:
I've tried getshortpathname, but it changes my default path to the old dos format, and, when i call again :

 path := extractfilepath (application.ExeName);

it gives me "invalid pointer operation".

And the second question : I have no idea what a thread is. Please, give me a full code example.


Give me a full example for the first question too (with variables...) and, if it works, I'll give you the points.

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jpcsAuthor Commented:
I'll accept your answer, but I have to accept madshi comment, so i'll give him 50 points also.

By the way, how can I make the file I'm going to execute invisible?

Thanks.
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MadshiCommented:
What do you mean with invisible? You could add the "hidden" file attribute to the file (GetFileAttributes, then SetFileAttributes). But that's no perfect solution. Perhaps you could move the file to a temporary path before loading it. But that would be a little bit un-nice, don't you think so?

Regards, Madshi.
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jpcsAuthor Commented:
I mean that its a small dos application that terminates in about 1 or 2 seconds, and I don't want to let it be seen. I want it to be invisible. (the winexec has a parameter hide)
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MadshiCommented:
If you use the "ExecuteProgramOrFile" function, I've given you some comments before, just change the "nShow" value to "SW_HIDE".

Regards, Madshi.
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MoondancerCommented:
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