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How can I use "EnumPrinters" function?

Posted on 2000-03-20
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Hi friends,

I've got a problem using EnumPrinters (and behind the scenes EnumJobs). The problem is that, in the explanation of declaration, they an array of PRINT_INFO_2 (or others) is expected as a parameter, but in the declaration itself, an LPBYTE variable is expected ?? how can an LPBYTE variable be used as an array that receives information about the printers??
 This problem is crucial in my project and any kind of help will be appreciated.

Thank you,

Wesam
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by:Zoppo
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Hi _Wesam,

do it like this:

call the EnumPrinters() function once with pPrinterEnum arg set to NULL and cbBuf set to 0. Then return value then should be the number of bytes needed to save the info. Then allocate these number of bytes somehow like this:

int num = EnumPrinters(...);// with pointer set to NULL
BYTE* pBuf = new BYTE[num];
DWORD count = 0;
EnumPrinters(..., &count );// with the allocated pointer passed
//now you can cast the pointer to PRINT_INFO_2 pointer
PRINT_INFO_2* pPrintInfo = (PRINT_INFO_2)pBuf;
for ( int i = 0; i < count; i++ )
{
 // acces the PRINT_INFO_2 with pPrintInfo[i] here
}



hope that helps,

ZOPPO
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wardkd earned 120 total points
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Simply use a cast to LPBYTE in the call to EnumPrinters().

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by:_Wesam
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Thank you all for your help. It worked perfectly.

Wesam
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by:Zoppo
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Hi _Wesam,

JFI, do you use more part's from my comment or from wardkd's?

ZOPPO
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by:_Wesam
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Well, I had to modify your code to get it work, I did what wardkd say. Anyway I wanted to ACCEPT your ANSWER, but the browser showed me only an ACCEPT button to wardkd's answer ????
Thank you for your help,

Wesam.
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by:Zoppo
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Now, listen, you should never accept an answer you did not use!!!

You always have possibility to 'reject' an answer.

It's a matter of fairness to award points to those experts which helped you most ar at least as first.
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by:wardkd
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The question was:
"how can an LPBYTE variable be used as an array that receives information about the printers?"

Which I believe I answered correctly.

However, if this is going to cause grief for anyone, I'd rather not take the points.

NOTE: If you want something that you say to be taken as THE ANSWER, then submit an answer!
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by:Zoppo
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I just think it's a bad habit to answer a question AS ANSWER when other experts already posted senseful comments ... and, I think it's good habit posting even an answer AS COMMENT, because it doesn't lock the question and so doesn't decrease other expert's interest.

BTW, who cares .........
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