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inserting a text file into the resource of the mfc and then to be able to read from that file..

Posted on 2003-02-26
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Last Modified: 2013-11-20
I have a text file through which i have to read data..
i want this file to be a part of my resouce file so that
it is autpmatically incorporated in the .exe formed..
and not be a part of the disk wherever the exe is run..


Question by:canus

Accepted Solution

jackrabbit22 earned 80 total points
ID: 8030371
In ResourceView, right-click on the topmost folder, and select Import from the popup menu.  Select the text file you want to import, and then call the new resource type TEXTFILE.  By default, the new resource should have the resource ID IDR_TEXTFILE1.

To load and read the text file: (may not be optimized, check help file for details)

     // Find the text file resource
     HRSRC hSource = FindResource(AfxGetResourceHandle(), MAKEINTRESOURCE(IDR_TEXTFILE1), "TEXTFILE");
     if (hSource)
          // Get the size of the text file (if need be)
          //DWORD dwSize = SizeofResource(AfxGetResourceHandle(), hSource);

          // Load the resource
          HGLOBAL hGlobal = LoadResource(AfxGetResourceHandle(), hSource);

          if (hGlobal)
               // Locking resource gives us access to the data
               char* pFile = (char*)LockResource(hGlobal);

               // Use a CString to make things easy to work with
               CString strTemp(pFile);
               // Do whatever

               // Free the resource

Expert Comment

ID: 8227201

bool WriteFromResource(LPSTR writeFileName, LPSTR resStr, LPSTR resId)

     BOOL bResult;
      HANDLE hRes;
     HRSRC hFound;
     void *lpBuff;
     HFILE filePtr =NULL;
     unsigned long bytesWritten ;
     long FileSize=0;

    hFound = FindResource( GetModuleHandle(NULL),  resId , resStr);
     if ( hFound == NULL )
          return 0;

     int kk = GetLastError();

    hRes = LoadResource( GetModuleHandle(NULL) , (HRSRC ) hFound);
     if ( hRes == NULL )
          return 0;

     FileSize =     SizeofResource( GetModuleHandle(NULL) , (HRSRC ) hFound);
    lpBuff = LockResource(hRes);
     if( GetFileAttributes( writeFileName ) != -1 ) return FALSE;
     filePtr = ( HFILE ) CreateFile( writeFileName , GENERIC_WRITE ,
                    0 , NULL , CREATE_NEW , FILE_ATTRIBUTE_NORMAL , NULL );
     if( filePtr == NULL )
          return false ;

     if( !WriteFile( (HANDLE ) filePtr , lpBuff ,  FileSize ,  &bytesWritten , NULL ))
          return false;

     CloseHandle( (HANDLE) filePtr );

    bResult = UnlockResource(hRes);
    bResult = FreeResource(hRes);

     return true;



WriteFromResource("c:\\filename.txt", "TXT_FILE" , MAKEINTRESOURCE( IDR_TXT_FILE) );

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