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Posted on 1999-07-12
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How do I use these three functions or other functions to get the directories and files on a server. And how do I see them in the client ? What are the steps from getting the directories and files to sending and receiving and displaying on the client. A briefly explaination on the steps please. Some codes would be nice too.
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ID: 1402755
Edited text of question.

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ID: 1402756
Pretty straight forward ...

// when looking at network file shares you will use UNC
// that looks like ... hard-coded example below

// Substitute COMPUTERNAME with a computer name from your
// network. Substitute Share with the name of a share on
// that computer!

char * UNCPath = "//COMPUTERNAME/Share/*.*";
WIN32_FIND_DATA FindFileInfo;

hFindFile = FindFirstFile(UNCPath, &FindFileInfo);
      // Here you can get ahold of any of the values of
      // the WIN32_FIND_DATA data structure
      // Read the help info on this structure to see what
      // info is available to you

      // Load up any controls - list boxes, list controls,
      // tree controls, combo boxes etc with the filename
      // or directory name, for example.

    } while(FindNextFile(hFindFile, &FindFileInfo);

    hFindFile = (HANDLE) NULL;


Author Comment

ID: 1402757
I'm more interested on how and at which point do I send() to the client . And on the client side. How do I display this info in a listbox. Sorry for the slight turn in the question but I did ask for that in my original queston.
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ID: 1402758
I'm more interested on how and at which point do I send() to the client . And on the client side, how do I recv() and display this info in a listbox. Sorry for the slight turn in the question but I did ask for that in my original queston.

Expert Comment

ID: 1402759
FindXXX are not remote processes, they are running on your local machine, it's just that they are looking at a remote machines directory structure.  Since this is the case, the server doesn't 'send' anything, the client 'retrieves' ( although the client is making use of the servers file system, so in reality the server is 'sending', but programatically - with FindXXX - it is not ).

How you display the data enumerated from FindXXX is your business

send() and recv() ??? are you trying to use sockets for this.


Expert Comment

ID: 1402760
don' t send all the information from your server to your clients. just tell the clients which shared directory (or a subdirectory of a shared one) to scan.
so the client gets UNC path and here just follow what wylliker proposed.
if your question is about client/server communication, thats another story.

Author Comment

ID: 1402761
My question is about client/server situation over internet. Not on a LAN or a WAN.
Sorry for not being more clear.

Expert Comment

ID: 1402762
If you are talking about using the internet, if you are specifically using this for FTP then you can use

FtpFindFirstFile - see the docs on this call it is different from FindFirstFile - it also fills in a WIN32_FIND_DATA structure.

Follow this call in your loop for InternetFindNextFile.

You will need to establish an internet connection using the WinInet API first.

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