FindFirstFile error C2664

Posted on 2006-06-14
Last Modified: 2008-01-09
I'm using FindFirstFile to get a list of directories.

In the past I've used it as shown below with VS2005.  In this new project I'm getting a C2664 error because it wants the first parameter to be type LPCWSTR and that a const char*.

I can just cast it to a LPCWSTR but does anybody know why this error is showing up?  


      WIN32_FIND_DATA FindFile;

        string myDir = "C:\\Temp\\*";

         hFind = FindFirstFile(myDir.c_str(), &FindFile);  

This results in the following:
error C2664: 'FindFirstFileW' : cannot convert parameter 1 from 'const char *' to 'LPCWSTR'
Question by:JohnSantaFe
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Axter earned 100 total points
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Hi JohnSantaFe,
> does anybody know why this error is showing up?

Because the code is being compiled in UNICODE instead of ANSI.

You can use FindFirstFileA instead.
 hFind = FindFirstFileA(myDir.c_str(), &FindFile);

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jkr earned 50 total points
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Or - if you need to use UNICODE - try

     WIN32_FIND_DATA FindFile;

        wstring myDir = L"C:\\Temp\\*";

         hFind = FindFirstFile(myDir.c_str(), &FindFile);  
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rajeev_devin earned 50 total points
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I don't want to say that jkr's suggestion is wrong.

But I always encourage explicit function names in case of UNICODE and ANSI.
So, I would have done something like Axter has done

wstring myDir = L"C:\\Temp\\*";
hFind = FindFirstFileW(myDir.c_str(), &FindFile);
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DeepuAbrahamK earned 50 total points
ID: 16908997
You can try this also,
#include <atlconv.h>


string myDir = "C:\\Temp\\*";

char *c_str1 = myDir.c_str();

hFind = FindFirstFile(A2T(c_str1) , &FindFile); //or A2W

Best Regards,

Author Comment

ID: 16912016
Thanks everybody.

I know there are good aruguments for using unicode and wstrings etc. but the rest of this application is not written that way and I don't think it ever will.

I changed the project properties to use a 'multi-byte character set' intead of unicode and that works.

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