Microsoft KB Archive/104096

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IniHeadr.exe Reads Section Headers from .INI Files


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  • Microsoft Windows Software Development Kit (SDK)


The Iniheadr.exe sample defines a function called GetPrivateProfileSections(), which parses a given .INI file and returns a buffer containing the section headers separated by NULLs and terminated by a double NULL. SECTION.C contains the function and a necessary helper function. The sample allows the user to choose an .INI file using the Open common dialog box. The section headings are then placed in a list box.

The Windows SDK does not define a function to read all of the section headers from a profile (.INI) file. An application must read the entire .INI file and parse it to obtain the section headers.

NOTE: Microsoft recommends using Windows's application programming interfaces (APIs) to read .INI files. The method described below is not guaranteed to work on future releases, especially for system .INI files such as WINFILE.INI, WIN.INI, SYSTEM.INI, CONTROL.INI, and so forth.


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A profile file (WIN.INI) or a private profile (such as CLOCK.INI) must have the following form:

   [section heading]


For example, given a profile containing the following section headings




GetPrivateProfileSections() parses the profile file and places the following in a buffer:


Additional query words:

Keywords : kbsample kbOSWin311 kbOSWin300 kbGrpDSUser kbfile kb16bitonly kbSysSettings kbOSWin310
Issue type :
Technology : kbAudDeveloper kbSDKSearch kbWinSDKSearch

Last Reviewed: December 5, 1999
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