How to assign an object to a VARIANT in C++?

Hi everyone,

I am writing a client for a COM dll. In one of the function calls a pointer to an interface is returned (I am using smart pointers)

interfaceOnePtr pInterfacetOne = GiveMeTheVectors();

-Now the returned pointer is need to be passed into another function in the dll. The prototype of that function is:
AddVectors( VARIANT  *item);

How can I pass the returned pointer (pInterfaceOne) to the AddVectors method? How can I assign an object to a variant?
I was looking on the internet and didn't find anything straightforward. Is that true that I have to use the VT_DISPATCH ? Right now I am trying this:

VARIANT v;
v.vt = VT_DISPATCH; // what should I do here instead?
v.pdispVal = pInterfaceOne.Detach();
pOtherInterface->AddVector( &v );

Am I way off? The above code is crashing btw.
Thanks in advance,

onlyshiza      
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onlyshizaAsked:
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onlyshizaAuthor Commented:
ok, now I am trying this but still crashes:

VARIANT v;
v.vt = VT_UNKNOWN;
v.punkVal = pInterfaceOne;
pOtherInterface->AddVector( &v );
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andrewjbCommented:
Could you pass it as an IUnknown * rather than through a variant.

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onlyshizaAuthor Commented:
How can I do this? that method just accepts VARIANT*
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andrewjbCommented:
- thought you might be able to change the other method.
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andrewjbCommented:
Your second one looks OK, but you'd better make sure the interface is addref-d
so, either

v.punkVal - pInterfaceOne.Detach();

or

v.punkVal->AddRef() after assigning.

I'd typically use CComVariant as a helper:

CComVariant v(pInterfaceOne);

pOther->AddVec( &v );

does everytyhing for you.

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jbuote1Commented:
Hi,
I'm still new but if I'm not mistaken, you need to initialize the variant to empty first.
VariantInit() does this.


VARIANT v;
VariantInit(&v);
v.vt = VT_DISPATCH; // what should I do here instead?
v.pdispVal = pInterfaceOne.Detach();
pOtherInterface->AddVector( &v );


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onlyshizaAuthor Commented:
thanks for your replies and sorry for delay.
I have tried your suggestions and still the program crashes. Maybe the problem is from another place. I'll assign the points to andrewjb though for his kind effort.
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