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I am writing a short little program to move/copy files from one workstation to another and I have several questions that I have to get answered. The first is:
1. How do I get just the path from a common dialog open? I like the way it looks and the fact that you do not have to map a network drive beforehand.
2. How do I scan for files? I would like to be able to move/copy all files that match a certain criteria (say *.log or *.doc) and then write to a log that I moved/copied so an so.
3. How do I scan all sub directories(for question 2)
4. How do I tell if a file is in use/open?
Any help would be appreciated.
If you need more info, contact me at cliffm@tidalwave.net
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1. you cannot use the file open dialog box to get the directory name alone - you need a file to be selected in it, then you can actually get the directory from that file.  If your problem is in mapping network drives from your program, I can send you some pieces of code that do that.

2. use function Dir of VB look for it in the help - it does what you want.

3. Again, use Dir function. You will need to write a recursive function which would scan for the directories, since you need to traverse all subdirectories.

4. There are several methods.  One is to try to open the file for reading - and trap errors.  One of the possible errors is 'permission denied'.

These should get you started,
-Aleks.
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Can you give me some code sample for mapping network drive for problem 1? the rest of it looks like it will work.
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