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What is the Current Directory in Windows CE & Windows Mobile ?

Lately i encountered  a situation where i had to find the current directory from where my application is running and all my config files reside. Question is "How do I find the current directory?" on Windows CE/Mobile devices. Desktop / PC it is just piece of cake but Windows CE / Mobile devices don't have a concept of a current directory.  Which means all pats are absolute and there is no concept called relative path. Due to lack of relative paths most of the files are loaded to the "Windows" directory and that is how Windows directory is crowded. Alternatively you can hard code directory path and insist user to load files always there. But i hate to hard code values or copy files to Windows directory. 
So this has triggered to find a solution to identify my current directory. Since there is no concept of a current directory on a Windows CE / Windows Mobile device how would one locate a resource for which only a relative path is known?  That is what following code does 
Code snippet to Find current directory:
   WCHAR* wszTemp = NULL;
   WCHAR  wszDirectory[MAX_PATH] = L"\0";
   wszTemp = wcsrchr(wszDirectory,L'\\'); // Finds last occurence and replace it with NULL.
   *(wszTemp+1) = L'\0';


Let me explain how does it work: 
GetModuleFileNameW API Retrieves the fully-qualified path for the file that contains the specified module. For example if you are running your applciation from \Application\MyOwn\Sample.exe location then GetModuleFileNameW API retrieves full path and stores in wszDirectory variable. 

wszTemp = wcsrchr(wszDirectory,L'\\');  this step finds last occurrence of "\"   and  replace last occurrence with NULL
Now wszDirectory content would be \Application\MyOwn\   

Hope this helps !!! Do let me know if you need any help !!!!!!!!!


Anonymous said…
This is a very important topic. However, the code returns always \ when run. That's from VS 2008 SD project in cpp.
Any idea?
msrprasad said…
Hi GLover,

Sorry for real late reply and was busy with other stuff. This piece of code is working fine for me. Do let me know if you need sample app.
Anonymous said…
The piece of code is really helpful for wince beginner.
Anonymous said…
thanks a lot
Unknown said…
I'm just starting to program on Windows CE 6 for the first time. I was surprised there was no concept of a "current directory" also. Thanks for explaining that. By the way, it looks like (at least under CE 6... don't know about other versions), you can just use argv[0] in main() or wmain() to get the full path to your executable also. For example, if your program is fred.exe, argv[0] will be: "\\program files\\fred\\fred.exe". I thought that might help somebody.

- Don
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