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Creating a permanent Alias in IDAPI32.CFG file

Posted on 2007-11-15
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Hi Experts,
I'm trying to add a new Alias to the IDAPI32.CFG file, which I want to stay permanently. i.e.

  Check(DbiAddAlias(nil, PChar(AliasName), nil, PChar(AliasPath), True));

The problem is the new Alias only remains in the IDAPI32.CFG file for the current session.  On closing the session the new Alias is deleted!

Many thanks
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Question by:Vector7
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This is how I do it.

First make sure you have added DBTables to your unit's uses clause.

Then in a procedure such as a OnButtonClick:

Let me know if it works :)

var
sNewAlias, sDataDir :string;
mystringlist : TStringlist;
daindex : integer;
begin
mystringlist := TStringlist.Create;
 
//Assign name of the Alias to a string
sNewAlias := 'MyNewAlias';
//Assign name of the Alias's data directory to a string
sDataDir := Edit1.text;
//In the current session, grab the names of all the aliases and store them in myStringList
session.GetAliasNames(mystringlist);
//Get the index of your desired new alias - if it already exists you'll get a number > -1, else you'll get -1
daIndex := mystringlist.IndexOf('MyNewAlias);
 
//If the Alias already exists, delete it
if daIndex <> -1 then
Session.DeleteAlias('MyNewAlias');
 
//Now add the new alias, note the last section will create a 'PARADOX' database alias.
Session.AddStandardAlias(sNewAlias, sDataDir, 'PARADOX') ;
 
//And here's your magic line: SAVE THE CFG FILE!
Session.SaveConfigFile;
 
end;

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 procedure ChangeAliasDirPARADOX(Alias, Dir: String);
  begin
    if DirectoryExists(Dir) then
    begin
      if Session.IsAlias(Alias) then  Session.DeleteAlias(Alias);
      Session.AddStandardAlias(Alias, Dir, 'PARADOX');
      Session.SaveConfigFile;
    end;
  end;
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Works well. Many thanks.
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