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MFC _tmain  passing parameters

Posted on 2006-10-31
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Hello,

Can someone write a short pseudo code to pass a string parameter to a MFC console application that supports MFC?  I am trying to pass a string to the _tmain function.  

int   _tmain(int argc, TCHAR* envp[])

thanks in advance....

regards,

Ken
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by:AlexFM
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What do you ask: how to handle parameters in this application, or how to call it?
To call application type in the Command prompt:

your_app_file.exe parameter

Other ways are: to write batch file, create shortcut, add command line arguments to VC++ project properties from running from VC++ IDE.

Inside of application:

int   _tmain(int argc, TCHAR* envp[])
{
    if ( argc > 0 )
    {
          // envp[0] points to _T("parameter") string
    }
}

If you want tu run this program form another program, use CreateProcess function. Parameters should be passed using lpCommandLine functionparameter:
http://windowssdk.msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms682512.aspx
Replace LPTSTR szCmdline=_tcsdup(TEXT("MyChildProcess")) with LPTSTR szCmdline=_tcsdup(TEXT("MyChildProcess parameter"));
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Jose Parrot earned 125 total points
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Hi,

Comparing to standard console c program
    int main( int argc, char *argv[ ], char *envp[ ] )
we have the equivalent syntax in c console application supporting MFC
    int __cdecl _tmain(int argc, _TCHAR **argv, _TCHAR **envp)
Another format (in essence it is the same, also supporting MFC)
    int _tmain(int argc, TCHAR* argv[], TCHAR* envp[])
    {
       if (argc == 1) // argv[0] is the application self name
       {
            show message "There is no arguments"
       }
       if (argc == 2)
       {
            show argument argv[1]
       }

If the symbol _UNICODE is defined for your program, TCHAR is defined as type wchar_t, a 16-bit character type; otherwise, it is defined as char, the normal 8-bit character type.

You can use the CString type, which is based on the TCHAR data type.
Under Unicode, then, CString objects are composed of 16-bit characters. Without Unicode, they are composed of 8-bit char type.

Jose

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