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Dll to load ini information

Posted on 2003-03-10
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Last Modified: 2008-02-01
I'm trying to load the data from ini file.

I want to store the data in ini file like this:


I have about 10 different DLL with their own configurations.  Some of the DLL split the raw data into two files, along with the header line on each file. Other do just make an output file.

I want to make the master program more generic, so creating new dll will simply interface with the master program.  

The situation is that TIniFiles class is a VCL class, which DLL cannot use. I'm trying to find the other way.

These File1 and File2 are being updated very frequently as the interpretation being processed.

Once the either File1 or File2 have a bool value of false, the header line will not be created.

Can anyone help?
Question by:Blubbo

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Mafalda earned 152 total points
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Did you try to use the registry instead of INI files  ?
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by:Julian Hansen
Julian Hansen earned 148 total points
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Maybe I missed something but what is wrong with using the GetPrivateProfile functions

GetPrivateProfileString / WritePrivateProfileString
GetPrivateProfileInt / WritePrivateProfileInt


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For managing ini files I'm using a class with a map object, like map<string, string> and reading the file like a text file, so I can port it to another os.
In your case, the map would be load like this:

map<string, boolean> iniData;

iniData["HeaderNeeded.File1"] = true;
iniData["HeaderNeeded.File2"] = true;

I hope it would be usefull
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You are not missing anything ...
The registry is another way to do it, while INI files functions were declared absolete for win32 applications and are kept for competability

From MSDN:
The GetPrivateProfileString function retrieves a string from the specified section in an initialization file. This function is provided for compatibility with 16-bit Windows-based applications. Win32-based applications should store initialization information in the registry."

By the way if you read about the INI files functions  implementations you will see that they use  . . . the registry to locate the INI file ;o)

As I knoe MS using the INI file should be safe enough for many more years
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by:Julian Hansen
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Ah, yes but INI files are sometimes used where it is not possible to use the registry. For instance when multiple applications / workstations need to access the same configuration information - which workstation's registry is the one that must contain the data. Obviously you could set values in the registry on each machine but that would be an administration nightmare - wouldn't it? If you want a central config file (in INI format) then the registry is not the way to go.

GetPrivateProfileXXX uses the registry to locate the INI file ????? So what is the last parameter (lpFileName)for then? If you use the GetProfileXXX funtions i.e. without the Private part then yes the registry is used otherwise it is not.

My post was to find out why there is a need to use a complicated method for retrieving information from an INI file. Using the argument that you want to port other OS's is weak - if you can't implement the GetPrivateProfileXXX functions on other OS's you are still going to have to implement the map object so what is the difference?
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