It seems to be difficult to check the read permission on a directory in Delphi 2009. Here we will see how to find the read permission in an alternate way. In later version of Delphi we have more straight way of achieving this.

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In this post we will evaluate a scenario where we try to execute a process and are trying to collect the output from the process but the output from a process is not collected by the calling process. If you are in this page, then you must have experienced the similar issue where the process is tested to collect the output from the process which we executed but it fails intermittently while collecting the output from the process. You might have done everything right by collecting the output from the process in an asynchronous manner but still it fails to collect the output in between. If you are using process.WaitForExit with a timeout, then it is the culprit. process.WaitForExit with a timeout is known to create issue when we have some parallelism in place and we are trying to execute say the same process multiple times in parallel or many different processes in parallel. The way to get out of this is to wait for the process without a timeout. This may have practical difficulties because if we don’t have a timeout, then there can be situation where we may wait forever for the process to exit. The way to get out of this is to run the process and wait for it without a timeout but timeout via the thread which is executing it. The below example will show you how to implement this.

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How to compile Delphi without license in CI build server

In this post I will walk you through the activities required to build Delphi on build servers without the need for a costly code-gear license on all build servers. One of a typical reason why Delphi is still used is because of the cost involved in converting those code base to a newer technology. This is not the topic of discussion here, but we will look at how the code base can be maintained and can be integrated into the Continuous Integration (CI) system that we have. As you know, CI system today runs on cluster and when it comes to build, we must keep the cost under control by opting for the opensource version of dependent tools or by using methods where we need only limited license or no license at all. Here we will see how to build Delphi in the build server with no license requirement for Code Gear. The environment that I am using is Bamboo and powershell.

How to build without license

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Introduction

At times we may have to find some space in the machine where we can store some data. We cannot guess the drive as it may be different on different machine. With powershell we can find the drive to where the OS is mounted and can try to store the data there. The below line of code will help you achieve this using powershell.

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A recent encounter in windows server where a need for a folder alias was unavoidable, we made a discovery that unlike linux, folder alias is hard to achieve in windows command for windows version less than windows 10. Though it is achievable, it is hard to achieve when the target directory path is dynamic. This lead to a search for the alternative to deploy in this scenario. The scenario was when we have to use the editbin.exe and its LARGEADDRESSAWARE where we discovered that LARGEADDRESSAWARE take only a particular character length for the input file and if there are more then it will trim it. This was leading to an error.

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