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How do I set the attributes of a file to Full Access through VB?

Cheers.
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by:corvanderlinden
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You can use the FileSystemObject from the MS Scripting library
Set a reference to Microsoft Scripting Runtime (\system32\scrrun.dll)
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by:Luke_Stephens
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Cheers, but how do I use this then?
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by:fibdev
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This is all you do:

SetAttr "TESTFILE", vbHidden      ' Set hidden attribute.
SetAttr "TESTFILE", vbHidden + vbReadOnly      ' Set hidden and read-only
      ' attributes.

SetAttr "TESTFILE", vbArchive
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by:fibdev
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To use SetAttr you don't need to reference any library files.  After posting this I realized this might not be what you were asking.

Is this question about NT file permissions or file attributes?

If this question is just about attributes then:

SetAttr "filename", vbArchive

will allow you to have full control over the file if it has been set to read-only and/or hidden by another proccess.  If this is the case, you should set the attribute(s) back with the SetAttr function after you are done working with the file(s).
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by:Luke_Stephens
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Sorry, it was NT permissions I was after.
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by:fibdev
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Good luck,

I don't know how to do what you are asking.  I question the ability to do this as it would be a security risk for NT.  Not to say it isn't possible  :)
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by:adam8
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this sets and gets file attributes..
THE CODE

FILE_ATTRIBUTE_ARCHIVE = &H20
FILE_ATTRIBUTE_COMPRESSED = &H800
FILE_ATTRIBUTE_DIRECTORY = &H10
FILE_ATTRIBUTE_HIDDEN = &H2
FILE_ATTRIBUTE_NORMAL = &H80
FILE_ATTRIBUTE_READONLY = &H1
FILE_ATTRIBUTE_SYSTEM = &H4


Public Function SetAttributes(ByVal FullFilePath As String, Optional ByVal FileAttributes As Long = &H20) As Long


    'makes sure that the file path is not to

    '     o long

    FullFilePath = Left(FullFilePath, 255)
    SetAttributes = SetFileAttributes(FullFilePath, FileAttributes)
End Function




Public Function GetAttributes(ByVal FullFilePath as String) as Integer


    GetAttributes = GetFileAttributes(FullFilePath)
End Function
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by:fibdev
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Just to clarify here ...

I asked this before to confirm it.

Luke is not trying to control file "attributes" but rather "NT permissions" to a file.
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corvanderlinden earned 50 total points
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If it's about NT Security I could send you a sample VB project if you give me your email address
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by:Luke_Stephens
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Yeah, it's about setting NT permissions.  

My e-mail is  lukes@sunuk.com

cheers mate.
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by:Luke_Stephens
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Just what I was after, even though it's a serious load of code to wade through!

Cheers mate, and Fibdev for giving it a go.
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