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Posted on 2001-08-16
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Greetings.

Please inform me if there is a better place to ask this.

I need to, as part of an install program, change the attributes of all files under a given directory to remove the read-only attribute after they are copied from a CD. I am working in C++ (cbuilder to be exact, but I can use Win API's if I need to).
Any suggestions?

Thanks
Jeff Kish
jeff.kish@mro.com
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by:Axter
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You can use the SetFileAttributes() function.
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You can use the FindFirstFile function with the FindNextFile function, in order to find all the files in a directory.
Then use the SetFileAttributes function to change the attributes.
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char FileName[] = "c:\\autoexec.bat";
SetFileAttributes(FileName,FILE_ATTRIBUTE_NORMAL);
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by:kishj
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Do you have a recursive snippet to go through all subdirs?
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by:mnashadka
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Inside C++ Builder, you can use the opendir, readdir, and closedir functions to go through the directory for file names (there's an example in C++ Builder help).  Then you can use the _rtl_chmod functions to remove the read-only attributes, like:

int attrib = _rtl_chmod("C:\\temp", 0);
_rtl_chmod("C:\\temp", 1, attrib & ~FA_RDONLY);

Hope this helps.
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