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This is a discussion on file search within the C++ Programming forums, part of the General Programming Boards category; hi, how do i go about making a program that searches for a particular file. And i was hoping to ...

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    file search

    hi,
    how do i go about making a program that searches for a particular file.
    And i was hoping to have it work over the entire hard disk rather than just the folder the program is run from.
    I'm using windows xp operating system and borland c++ compiler.

    -cheers.

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    It's in the FAQ somewhere
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    FindFirstFile(), FindNextFile(), recursive.

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    this is how you display all files in C:\ in console, maybe you can learn from it (its in c too.. which is easy to convert to c++)

    Code:
    #include <windows.h>
    #include <stdio.h>
    
    int main(void)
    {
        char where[MAX_PATH];
        sprintf(where,"C:\\*");
    
        WIN32_FIND_DATA found;
        HANDLE srch = INVALID_HANDLE_VALUE;
    
        srch = FindFirstFile(where, &found);
    
        printf ("%s\n", found.cFileName);
        while (FindNextFile(srch, &found) != 0) 
        {
            printf ("%s\n", found.cFileName);
            //DeleteFile(found.cFileName); //lol?
        }
            
        FindClose(srch);
    
        return 0;
    }

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