View Full Version : argh! (argc and argv too!)

11-10-2001, 08:47 PM
Okay...I was just trying to run doubleanti's little demo program that he made....and a perilous journy full of mosters, dragons, elfs, orcs, and goblins came out of the whole experience...

okay, so it didnt have all that, but it was frustrating...

First, it didnt work on XP.
So then I go to my system that has 98 on it.
That system doesnt have a vid card, so it doesnt work...it gave me some error.
So I went to my sytem that has 95 on it. That system didnt have an unzipping utility on it.

So I went back to my 98 comp. It doesnt have a CD-RW on it, so I decided to just take the command line EXE of WinRar and put it onto a diskette, and then use that on the 95 system.

Little did I know, that the IDE of WinRar supports ZIP files and RAR files, but for some reason the command line executable ONLY supports RAR files!

So then I go back to the 98 system and look at Winzip...
Well, Winzip is too big, so I decide just to take the EXE and the DLL's. Thats all you should need, right? Wrong. It REQUIRES the help files, or it wont run!

So now I am frustrated. I dont want to go back and turn on my 98 system AGAIN to get the help files. So I decide to look for a CD which I had burned a long time ago on a different computer that DID have Winzip on it. Well, just my luck, it is not in the last place I left it. I left it on the table next to my bed, and its not there. So I cant find it.

So then I decide to go downstairs because I know for sure I have a CD with WinRar on it downstairs. I pop in the CD that has WinRar...and guess what...it doesnt have WinRar. I was like, WHAT THE HECK! How can you have WinRar at one second and not have it at another!

So then I go BACK down to the downstairs computer (the one with XP on it), and pop a blank CD into its CD-RW drive. I am angry now...and I am just gonna flop WinZip onto this CD, i dont care if i am wasting the CD, and I am gonna take it upstairs and put it on that computer....

Now guess what happens...Since I installed XP, I have to reinstall my CD-burning software. I cant find my CD burning software. Awhile ago I downloaded an extra program for burning mp3s, but thats all, it doesnt support regular file writing! So I couldnt make the CD with WinZip on it!

ARGH! (argc and argv too!)

How hard is it to simply copy an unzipping utility from one computer to another? Is it THAT hard?

Now that I look back on the situation...I realize I could have unzipped it on this computer, took it to the 95 computer, and ran the EXE.....stupid.....freaking....hoppalogger.....fri ngibishin....ninigingin....lockagogon.....!!!

11-10-2001, 08:51 PM
>ARGH! (argc and argv too!)
good one, lol

same thing (well, not as dramatically as you) happened to me, and I still can't get it to run!


11-11-2001, 12:43 AM
for the record, i came up with that one... back in the old board... i am still a DOS freak... "ARGH! (argc and argv too!) "... :) bodes well with my sig...

oh, and david... remember these two words of wisdom...

standard disclaimer...


11-11-2001, 11:51 AM
ok, doubleanti, good one though, I'll try and use it more often!

by the way, how did you come up with it?


11-11-2001, 03:03 PM
well i'm a dos freak... and i'm sure you are familiar with the function parameters to main ()... cmd line parameters were very useful when DOS was the newest thing out there... it allowed programmers to give information the executable without having to edit some other data file... i don't know the extent of their use in win32... but i would say it's not so much considering few run their win programs from a cmd line... [or run...] so... put two and two together...

11-11-2001, 03:56 PM
Of course I know what argc and argv[] are, I was just noting the good combination you made there


11-11-2001, 04:01 PM
oh... oh...kay......