A handy alternative to Alias in windows command

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.

The alternative was to CD into the folder and execute the command and get out of the folder. And we have something called as setlocal which help us achieve this by scoping the step in and out of a folder. Setlocal will help us scope the working directory and reverts the working directory when the scope is over. The below snippet shows how we can achieve this. I was using this in VisualStudio postbuild event.

setlocal
cd
cd $(TargetDir)
cd
IF EXIST C:\masm32\bin\editbin.exe (
  C:\masm32\bin\editbin.exe /LARGEADDRESSAWARE $(TargetFileName)
) 
endlocal

Delphi how to check if you have read permission on a directory

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. Continue reading

Libish Varghese Jacob

Libish Varghese JacobI am currently working as a lead engineer in one of the leading wind turbine manufacturing firm. I have wide range of interests and getting my hands dirty in technology is one among them. I use this platform primarily as my knowledge base. I also use this platform to share my experience and experiments so that it might help someone who is walking the way I already did. The suggestions expressed here are the best to my knowledge at the time of writing and this may not necessarily be the best possible solution. I would pretty much appreciate if you could comment on it to bring into my notice on what could have been done better.