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string manipulation problem

Posted on 2002-07-27
Last Modified: 2010-04-15
I face difficulty when i try to extract the path from a given full file path name:


In what way i can combine the string manipulation function in C in order to extract out the path:


Question by:changchyi
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Accepted Solution

RolandAZ earned 50 total points
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hi changchyi

basically, its

  _splitpath(fullname,drive, dir, fname, fextension);

Here is a test program.
This works well on a win2k , should be portable to all platforms:

//includes for the _splitpath and string routines
#include <stdlib.h>
#include <string.h>
//or #include <wchar.h> for wide chars

//includes for printf and getch
#include <conio.h>
#include <stdio.h>

//test program
int main(int argc, char* argv[])

     //data variables
      //change "char" type to wchar_t if  using wide chars
char drive[_MAX_DRIVE];   //change buffer sizes to
                         // suit your requirements
char dir[_MAX_DIR];    
char fname[_MAX_FNAME];
char fextension[_MAX_EXT];
char thepath[_MAX_PATH];

//your full name
char fullname[_MAX_PATH] =  "C:\\abc\\xyz\\data.txt";


//start of the path string manipulations

  _splitpath(fullname,drive, dir, fname, fextension);
//end string manipulations

//test print to see if we have the path
  return 0;


Hope that is what you needed, Changchyi!

have fun!


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