How to get the complete path to my file in my file.

Posted on 2003-10-25
Last Modified: 2010-04-17
Hi experts,
I am working in vc++ 6 mfc and I need code to get the full path to my program from within my program. My program uses a registry key to start up when the computer starts. If the user installs my program to the default directory in my installer all is fine. The problem is when they install to a different directory the registry key points to the wrong path. I need a way to find the new path. I looked at the GetFilePath fuction but it doesn't take any parameters. How can it return the path if it doesn't
take any parameters? Vc++ help doesn't give much on it.

Question by:arnold100
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Expert Comment

ID: 9621179
Just pass NULL as module handle.

[in] Handle to the module whose path is being requested. If this parameter is NULL, GetModuleFileName retrieves the path of the executable file of the current process.

Author Comment

ID: 9622543
This works: lstrcpy( (char *) szFilePath ,LPCTSTR("c:\\Dir\\file.exe") );
But the path is known.

This doesn't: lstrcpy( (char *) szFilePath ,LPCTSTR(GetModuleFileName(NULL,file.exe,20)) );
Unknown path.
How do I make this return the full path? (c:\Dir\file.exe).

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Expert Comment

ID: 9623089
Just use it directly :

  char szFilePath[MAX_PATH];
  GetModuleFileName(NULL, szFilePath, sizeof(szFilePath));

Author Comment

ID: 9623479
I have to use lstrcpy( (char *) szFilePath ,LPCTSTR("c:\\Dir\\file.exe") ); because I need unsigned char szFilePath; for RegSetValueEx.
I get errors when I try to use unsigned char in GetModuleFileName.
Any ideas?

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Accepted Solution

_nn_ earned 200 total points
ID: 9623501
Well then, following should compile ok I think :

  char szModulePath[MAX_PATH];
  GetModuleFileName(NULL, szModulePath, sizeof(szModulePath));
  lstrcpy( (char *) szFilePath ,LPCTSTR(szModulePath) );

Author Comment

ID: 9623532
Got it by copying a char in to unsigned char and using the value in RegSetValueEx.
Works perfect.

  Thank you very much for your help, Excellent,

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