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I've written a piece of code that SUPPOSEDLY compiles resource files. All it's doing is ShellExecuting brc32.exe but does it want to work? Oh no.

Will somebody mind telling me what's wrong with this:

ShellExecute(0, 'open', 'c:\program files\borland\delphi5\bin\brc32.exe', '-r c:\langstrings.rc', '', SW_SHOWNORMAL);

What would also be nice would be a solution too.

And before anyone asks, the file paths and names are valid

Why the hell is this going wrong? Why am I going to get the sack? Who cares anyway? etc etc etc

The Neil =:(
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by:edey
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what happens if you change:

'c:\program files\borland\delphi5\bin\brc32.exe', '-r c:\langstrings.rc'

to:

'c:\program files\borland\delphi5\bin\brc32.exe -r c:\langstrings.rc'

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GL
Mike
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by:inthe
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probably a stupid comment but just checking you know that "brc32.exe" should be "brcc32.exe" i think.
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by:TheNeil
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You get a lovely 'File not found' error out.

This is driving me up the wall

The Neil =:(
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by:TheNeil
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Inthe

I've tried that as well and it just doesn't compile the file (What's the difference between brc32 and brcc32 by the way?)

The Neil
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by:inthe
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just checked BRCC32 is like BRC32 -r.
BRCC32 only compiles resources into .RES files. BRC32 can also bind the resources to an .EXE
so you should be ok.i pop back to windows and make test to see what happens.
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by:inthe
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ps.
the delphi bin directory should already be in windows path so you could try:
winexec('brc32.exe -r c:\langstrings.rc',sw_normal);
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inthe earned 100 total points
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HI
tested solution:

procedure TForm1.Button1Click(Sender: TObject);
begin
winexec('brc32.exe -r c:\langstrings.rc',sw_normal);
end;

or sw_hide/sw_hidden if you dont want dos box appearing..

Regards Barry
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by:DrDelphi
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Try two things:

1. outside of your application, try compiling the resource file. you're assuming that the ShellExecute is failing when it could be that the RC file is not right.

2. Assuming that your RC file is okay, try using short pathnames in the shellexecute. for Exmple:

ShellExecute(handle,'Open','C:\Progra~1\borland\delphi5\bin\brcc32.exe','-r resfile.rc','',SW_SHOWNORMAL);


I have heard of instances where a path name with a space in it will not get interpreted as you'd expect. This would eliminate that as a possible cause. BTW, I took a RC file of my own and ran it through your ShellExecute with no trouble. I'm thinking that your RC is the culprit.



Good Luck!!
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by:JimboKern69
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I have had a small utility that can compile 16-bit and/or 32-bit RC files into RES.

You can download the source files from my web-site at:

http://www.geocities.com/jim_kern

I have never had a problem with this, and I know that it compiles in Delphi 3,4 & 5 without a problem.

Jim Kern
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by:inthe
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you are using winexec like i did some comments above.

winexec works fine , shellexecute on the other hand also fails for me ..
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by:ckaneta
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ummmm
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by:TheNeil
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Cheers Barry,

No idea why ShellExecute was failing but WinExec seems to be working so I'm not complaining.

The Neil
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