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How to get the user-home directory in Windows in a Delphi program ?

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Dear all,
I am writting a Delphi program and would like to get the windows(95/98/NT/2000...) user-home directory in a Delphi program. Such as "c:\windows\profiles\username\","c:\Document and Setting\username\", etc..
Can somebody help me ?

Thanks a lot.
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Question by:threshold
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There is no "user-home directory" on Windows. All data that you can see under "c:\windows\profiles\username\" or "c:\Document and Setting\username\" placed there by default, but it can be changed. But you can get path to  specific user directory (like "My documents", "Startup", "SendTo" etc.) by call to SHGetSpecialFolderLocation API function.

Example, getting "My documents":

Uses Shlobj;

procedure TForm1.Button1Click(Sender: TObject);
Var
 PI : PItemIDList;
 A  : array[0..200] of Char;
begin
 SHGetSpecialFolderLocation(Handle, CSIDL_PERSONAL, PI);
 SHGetPathFromIDList(PI, A);
 Caption := A;
end;
 

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by:DragonSlayer
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if you are using Win2K, there is an environment variable called USERPROFILE that points to the 'home directory'

use GetEnvironmentVariable to get the value for USERPROFILE
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by:rondi
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You could just extend Slavak's suggestion:
delete the last part of the path, so you get the home directory - ie. delete the folder name after the last
backslash

Uses Shlobj, Windows;

function GetPersonalFolder(H: HWND): string;
var
  PI: PItemIDList;
  A: array[0..MAX_PATH-1] of Char;
  s: string;
  i,L: integer;
begin
  SHGetSpecialFolderLocation(H, CSIDL_PERSONAL, PI);
  SHGetPathFromIDList(PI, A);
  s := StrPas(A);
  L := Length(s);
  i := L;
  while s[i] <> '\' do
    i := Pred(i);
  Result := Copy(s,1,L-i);
end;
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by:Slavak
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Rondi, if you want "delete last part of the path" use LastDelimiter function:

procedure TForm1.Button1Click(Sender: TObject);
Var
 PI : PItemIDList;
 A  : array[0..MAX_PATH] of Char;
 N  : Integer;
begin
 SHGetSpecialFolderLocation(Handle, CSIDL_PERSONAL, PI);
 SHGetPathFromIDList(PI, A);
 Caption := Copy(A, 1, LastDelimiter('\', A) - 1);
end;

But this work for default configuration ONLY. For example, right click on "My documents", choose properties. Now you have a dialog with "Target folder location" (I work on Win2K, so it can be another name) and can change the folder location.



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by:rondi
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Surely the SHGetSpecialFolderLocation will get the current
folder location even if you change it ??

Yeah, LastDelimiter's definitely better. (workin in D2 :(
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by:Slavak
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"Surely the SHGetSpecialFolderLocation will get the current
folder location even if you change it ??"

You can try it, but as I think it 99.99%. :)

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