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PathBreaker - WTL utility to easily edit PATH-like strings

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6 Jul 2004CPOL
Editing environment strings like PATH, INCLUDE and LIB is painful? Not anymore.

Sample Image - imgPathBreaker.gif

The Tool

PathBreaker is a small WTL application where you can paste (or enter) a multiple path string (like the PATH environment variable), and edit the individual paths.

When toying around with the batch build of a larger application, I was incredibly annoyed by the editing of environment strings, like the PATH or INCLUDE variable. Visual Studio provides a nice interface for its internal strings, but nothing that works stand-alone.

I figured this would make a nice standalone WTL application - and here it is. No installation is necessary, and the executable is just 40K.

The Source code

Source code is included for anyone interested. It uses WTL 7 (which is now OpenSource - see SourceForge), but should work with previous WTL versions as well. Things that might be interesting are:

  • Browsing for a folder using SHBrowseForFolder.
  • Setting the initial folder when using SHBrowseForFolder.
  • Building a popup menu dynamically.
  • Enumerating Environment variables.
  • Editing the labels in a list control.
  • Entering Label Edit using the keyboard (F", or just start typing).
  • Copying / Pasting CString to / from clipboard.

If you like it - fine!


This article, along with any associated source code and files, is licensed under The Code Project Open License (CPOL)

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