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Read Ini file from Compiled DLL

Posted on 2004-04-30
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Ok i am using Delphi 5
I have a ActiveX DLL project.

I need a DLL that inserts data into a SQLServer Database. this same DLL needs to work for various clients, which is where the ini file comes in. I can just change the connection data in the ini file and the dll should know where to connect and how.

In my DLL I have this code :

var F:TIniFile;
begin
  F := TIniFile.Create(ExtractFilePath(ParamStr(0)) + 'MyProject.ini');

  strUser := F.ReadString('Connection', 'Login', 'User');
  strPass := F.ReadString('Connection', 'Password', 'Pass');

  F.Free;

But its like the dll gets the values from the ini file when compiled.. and if i change the ini file afterwards he doesnt notice. that means he doesnt read from the ini file....

any sugestion on how i can accomplish what i need? if there is other ways in getting outside information to the dll that could also answer this question.

Thanks

Denis
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by:Ivanov_G
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   From the client send the FileName to the DLL... and in the DLL remove this ExtractFilePath..
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by:mokule
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It can't read in compile time.

I doubt whether ParamStr is valid in dll.

Maybe Your ini file is not found or You have invalid section or ident and the default values are used.
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Ivanov_G earned 125 total points
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   I think I know where is the problem. I had similar problem in the past. When you compile the DLL file - ParamStr(0) is the DLL file itself. But when you include it in client ParamStr(0) is already the client.

   ParamStr(0), Self, Application.ExeName are "transparent" variables
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by:mokule
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BTW
Having login and password in an ini file seems not the best idea.
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by:Russell Libby
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Denis,

Perhaps while your at it, you may wish to either cleanup/accept/close the following question you have open:

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Programming/Programming_Languages/Delphi/Q_20873511.html

Regards,
Russell

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by:Russell Libby
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It all depends on which path you are after. If it is the calling proces, then use the ExePath listed below. If it is your dll's path that your require, then use the LibraryPath function

Regards, and thanks...
Russell

function ExePath: String;
var  lpBuffer:   Array [0..MAX_PATH] of Char;
begin

  // This will always return the exe's path. For libraries, it will return the
  // path for the hosting process
  GetModuleFilename(0, lpBuffer, SizeOf(MAX_PATH));
  result:=ExcludeTrailingBackslash(ExtractFilePath(lpBuffer));

end;

function LibraryPath: String;
var  lpBuffer:   Array [0..MAX_PATH] of Char;
begin

  // Return the dll's path
  if IsLibrary then
  begin
     GetModuleFilename(hInstance, lpBuffer, SizeOf(MAX_PATH));
     result:=ExcludeTrailingBackslash(ExtractFilePath(lpBuffer));
  end
  else
     // Not a library
     result:='';

end;
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