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Dr. Dread
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2002 4:38 pm    Post subject: Get System paths from Registry Reply with quote

This is a little routine just to show where and how to obtain various paths from the Windows Registry.

Code:

  rem Find Start Menu
  %a = @REGREAD(CURUSER,Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders,Start Menu)
  rem Find Startup Folder
  %b = @REGREAD(CURUSER,Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders,Startup)
  rem Find Programs Folder
  %c = @REGREAD(CURUSER,Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders,Programs)
  rem Find Fonts Folder
  %d = @REGREAD(CURUSER,Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders,Fonts)
  rem Find Recent Files Folder
  %e = @REGREAD(CURUSER,Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders,Recent)
  rem Find Favorites Folder
  %f = @REGREAD(CURUSER,Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders,Favorites)
  rem Find Desktop Folder
  %g = @REGREAD(CURUSER,Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders,Desktop)
  rem Find Sendto Folder
  %h = @REGREAD(CURUSER,Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders,Sendto)
  rem Find My Docs Folder
  %i = @REGREAD(CURUSER,Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders,Personal)

  %%out = Windows FOLDERS info:@CR()
  %%out = %%out@CR()Start Menu = %a
  %%out = %%out@CR()Startup = %b
  %%out = %%out@CR()Programs = %c
  %%out = %%out@CR()Fonts = %d
  %%out = %%out@CR()Recent files = %e
  %%out = %%out@CR()Favorites = %f
  %%out = %%out@CR()Desktop = %g
  %%out = %%out@CR()Sendto = %h
  %%out = %%out@CR()My Documents = %i
  INFO %%out

  rem Find Program Files Directory
  %j = @REGREAD(LOCAL,SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion,ProgramFilesDir)
  rem Find Common Files Directory
  %k = @REGREAD(LOCAL,SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion,CommonFilesDir)
  rem Find Windows Directory = VDS function @windir()
  %l = @REGREAD(LOCAL,SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion,SystemRoot)
  rem In Windows 2000 and XP this one is
  rem %l = @REGREAD(LOCAL,SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion,SystemRoot)
 
  REM These use the VDS @windir() function
  %m = @windir()
  %n = @windir(S)
  %o = @windir(T)

  %%out2 = Windows DIRECTORIES info:@CR()
  %%out2 = %%out2@CR()Program Files = %j
  %%out2 = %%out2@CR()Common Files = %k
  %%out2 = %%out2@CR()Windows dir = %m
  %%out2 = %%out2@CR()Windows System = %n
  %%out2 = %%out2@CR()Windows Temp = %o
  INFO %%out2
 
  rem Find MSIE cache Folder
  %p = @REGREAD(CURUSER,Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders,Cache)
  rem Find Cookies Folder
  %q = @REGREAD(CURUSER,Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders,Cookies)
  rem Find History Folder
  %r = @REGREAD(CURUSER,Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders,History)

  %%out3 = MS Internet Explorer Values @cr()
  %%out3 = %%out3@CR()Cache = %p
  %%out3 = %%out3@CR()Cookies = %q
  %%out3 = %%out3@CR()History = %r
  INFO %%out3



Notes: For some reason @windir(T), unlike all other VDS path output (except root dirs), returns a path with a trailing backslash - perhaps a little bug?

Keep on trucking.

Dr. Dread

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Last edited by Dr. Dread on Wed Feb 13, 2002 8:30 am; edited 1 time in total
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2002 8:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree not knowing whether a trailing backslash is present
is a nuisance. I use @substr() to check the last char in a path
and either add or remove the backslash to keep everything
the same:
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Code:

%p = "c:\windows\"

rem - Remove backslash --
if @equal(@substr(%p, @len(%p)), "\")
   %p = @substr(%p, 1, @pred(@len(%p)))
end
INFO test %p

rem - Add backslash --
if @not(@equal(@substr(%p, @len(%p)), "\"))
   %p = %p"\"
end
INFO test %p

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 08, 2002 2:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey, Mac!

Some say that great minds think alike! Does that go for the feeble-minded, as well? Laughing

Anyway, I do almost exactly the same when handling paths because generally roots dirs are returned with a backslash, others aren't.
My approach is almost identical, just with a twist:

Code:

%X = "c:\windows\"

   REM Kill backslash, if any
   %L = @LEN(%X)
   if @EQUAL(@SUBSTR(%X,%L,),\)
      %X = @STRDEL(%X,%L,)
   end

info %X


Greetz
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 08, 2002 7:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lol Dr Dread, Smile

Don't mention "feeble-minded", I had forgot about @strdel()...

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 05, 2003 2:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Moved this to Knowledge Base. I have looked for this before and I think this is the best place for it.
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