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I'm using CFileDialog to let the user open a file and it returns a CString with the file name.
I want to use that file name to load an Image (Class), but the Image(Class) parameter uses const WCHAR *

If I use this:

Image DiskImage;
DiskImage.FromFile(dlgFile.GetPathName());

The compiler returns an C2664 error: can't convert parameter one from 'CString' to const WCHAR *
Whats wrong?
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Question by:juanjo_dic
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by:Jaime Olivares
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I think you need A2CW() macro:

#include "afxpriv.h"

DiskImage.FromFile(A2CW(dlgFile.GetPathName()));

Take a look to this MSDN tech note:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us/vclib/html/_mfcnotes_tn059.asp
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by:juanjo_dic
ID: 11860006
It doesn´t work. It throws a bunch of errors.
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by:jkr
ID: 11860149
Try

CString str = dlgFile.GetPathName();
int nLen = str.GetLength() + 1;
WCHAR* pwsz = new WCHAR [ nLen];

mbstowcs ( pwsz, (LPTSTR) str, nLen);

DiskImage.FromFile(pwsz);

delete [] pwsz;
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Jaime Olivares earned 2000 total points
ID: 11860192
hmm, needs some configurations, to simplify, you can build your own function:

ConvertStringToWChar (LPCTSTR str, WCHAR *buffer)
{
       for (i=0; str[i]; i++)
             buffer[i] = (WCHAR)str[i];
       buffer[i] = 0;
}

use it as:

Image DiskImage;
WCHAR path[MAX_PATH];
ConvertStringToWChar(dlgFile.GetPathName(), path);
DiskImage.FromFile(path);
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