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A relative pathname in delphi

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I need to adress the file '/data/1.txt' relative to the application. What is the syntax?
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try ".\data\1.txt"
or ExtractFilePath( ParamStr( 0 ) ) + "\data\1.txt"
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by:Geert Gruwez
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the first \ indicates the file is at the root of drive
if you use ".\data\1.txt" you will start from GetCurrentDir

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FileName := IncludeTrailingPathDelimiter(ExtractFilePath( ParamStr( 0 ) )) + "data\1.txt";
as arioh suggested




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by:TheRealLoki
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actually, arioh is nearly right
it's
ExtractFilePath( ParamStr( 0 ) ) + 'data\1.txt'

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by:Ustin19
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CreateFile or OpenFile (AssignFile etc is wrappers for it under windows) uses current directory of application (at start it is usually is folder with exe until You call SetCurrentDirectory) to adressing with relative pathes. So, code
Function FileToString(FileName:String):String;
Var F:File of Char;
    Fsz:Integer;
Begin
Result:='';
If FileExists(FileName) then
 Begin
  AssignFile(F,FileName);
  Reset(F);
  Fsz:=FileSize(F);
  SetString(Result,Nil,Fsz);
  BlockRead(F,Result[1],FSz);
  CloseFile(F);
 End;//If
End;//FileToString
calling as
FileToString('data\1.txt') returns string with content of exe-relative located \data\1.txt
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by:Sunsales
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Ustin, a question - does the line:
  BlockRead(F,Result[1],FSz);

read the whole file? I have 80 mb files....
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by:Sunsales
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Thanx for additional answer.
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by:Ustin19
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yes, string with whole file will be returned.
It is example only :) but for 80mb it is possible
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and this way is theoretically applicable for less than 2GB files, but for this it is VERY slow and it is danger to obtain EOutOfMemory exception
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