Searching for a file.

Posted on 1998-11-10
Last Modified: 2012-05-04
Does anybody know of a function that will search the
c: drive for a file and return the full path to it?
Question by:cybergirl
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dabellei earned 40 total points
ID: 1444075
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There a demo on how using API to search for file on a drive.


Expert Comment

ID: 1444076

Expert Comment

ID: 1444077
Public Function fFindthePath(ByVal startDir As String, ByVal myFileName As String) As String
Dim dir_names() As String
Dim num_dirs As Integer
Dim i As Integer
Dim fname As String
Dim new_files As String
Dim attr As Integer
Dim theDir As String
Dim theSubDir As String

    On Error Resume Next
    ' See If the file in this directory.
  If Right(startDir, 1) = "\" Then startDir = Left(startDir, Len(startDir) - 1)
    theDir = startDir & "\"
    fname = Dir(theDir & myFileName, vbNormal)
    If fname <> "" Then
        fFindthePath = theDir
        Exit Function
    End If
    ' Not find in the main dir, Get the list of subdirectories.
    fname = Dir(startDir & "\*.*", vbDirectory)
    Do While fname <> ""
        ' Skip this dir and its parent.
        attr = 0    ' In case there's an error.
        attr = GetAttr(startDir & "\" & fname)
        If fname <> "." And fname <> ".." And _
            (attr And vbDirectory) <> 0 _
            num_dirs = num_dirs + 1
            ReDim Preserve dir_names(1 To num_dirs)
            dir_names(num_dirs) = fname
        End If
        fname = Dir()
    ' Search the other directories.
    For i = 1 To num_dirs
        theSubDir = fFindthePath(startDir & "\" & dir_names(i), myFileName)
        If theSubDir > "" Then
            fFindthePath = theSubDir
            Exit Function
        End If
    Next i

End Function

Expert Comment

ID: 1444078
to call, pass the parameter:
Dim lstring as String
lString = fFindthePath("C:\", theFileName)

Author Comment

ID: 1444079 worked great.

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