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Use system("file location") to open root folder?

This is a discussion on Use system("file location") to open root folder? within the C++ Programming forums, part of the General Programming Boards category; I (finally!) learned that you can use system("C:\blah\blah\blah\something.exe") to open a file; how can I turn that blah blah blah ...

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    Use system("file location") to open root folder?

    I (finally!) learned that you can use system("C:\\blah\\blah\\blah\\something.exe") to open a file; how can I turn that blah blah blah into a root folder? I need the program to open stuff in a folder that will be in my teacher's drop box for a school project.

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    Quote Originally Posted by muffinman8641 View Post
    I (finally!) learned that you can use system("C:\\blah\\blah\\blah\\something.exe") to open a file; how can I turn that blah blah blah into a root folder? I need the program to open stuff in a folder that will be in my teacher's drop box for a school project.
    I'm not sure what you are asking.
    It sounds like you are asking for Console/DOS commands, but, I'm not sure what you mean.
    If that is the case, then that really has nothing to do with C++.

    If I'm wrong, then: "\\blahblah\\" is the exact path to whatever folder or directory and file you are looking for.
    Do you know the filename you are looking for and its path from the "root" ?
    ie: "C:\myfolder\myfile.exe"

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    I'm basically looking for a way to make system("file location here") to open a file in the same folder rather than changing the source code to accommodate the new letter for my flash drive all the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by muffinman8641 View Post
    I'm basically looking for a way to make system("file location here") to open a file in the same folder rather than changing the source code to accommodate the new letter for my flash drive all the time.
    Unless you know how to do "drive mapping" then you must specify the exact path to a file.
    If a file is on a network drive, then you must specify the network-drive path.
    If a file is on a local harddrive, then you must specify that local-drive. Like C:\ or D:\ .
    If a file is on a local flashdrive, then you must specify that flash-drive.

    Where is the file located ?
    What does the code you are using look like ?

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    rags_to_riches - why does it matter if I use other forums? It just helps me get more answers.

    Anyway, it's on a network drive (Called F:\ on my computer but it might be different for my teacher).

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    So you're telling me that I can only use YOUR forum for answers in case someone else comes along looking for the same answer, searches it, and sees this thread but not the other one?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Salem View Post
    OUR time is finite and precious - don't be a selfish person demanding answers all over the place.
    Apparently, your time isn't precious enough NOT to be wasted trolling on this forum.

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    Certainly too precious to waste on cross-posting idiots.
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