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How To Determining Paths of Operating System Folders

Article ID: 172319

Article Last Modified on 7/1/2004


  • Microsoft FoxPro 2.6a Professional Edition for Macintosh
  • Microsoft Visual FoxPro 3.0 for Macintosh

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The SYS(2033,n) returns the path information for either the System folder, Extensions folder, Preferences folder, or the Microsoft folder. The value of "n" determines the folder and the path being returned.


Often, the exact path to a particular folder on the machine needs to be known. For example, FoxPro 2.6a for the Macintosh places the file in the Extensions folder. Since both hard drive names and folder names can vary between machines, there is no way to hard code a path that would work on all machines. The SYS(2033,n) function is useful in determining this information.

According to the Help File, the SYS(2033,n) function has four values for the numeric expression n. These values and the folders they return are:

0 System Folder
1 Extensions Folder
2 Preferences Folder
3 Microsoft Folder

For example, in FoxPro 2.6a for the Macintosh, the SYS(2033,1) function can be used in conjunction with the SET LIBRARY TO command to point to the file in the Preferences folder.

   SET LIBRARY TO SYS(2033,2)+""
   ? SET("LIBRARY")  &&& Returns


Microsoft Visual FoxPro Help file
Microsoft FoxPro Help file

Additional query words: Extensions System Preferences Microsoft

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