CFileWatch

Environment: VC6 SP4 Win2000

This class helps you to monitor files like in the DevStudio. If the file is modified outside, a message box pops up and lets you choose between ignoring modifications or reloading the data, discarding all changes.
If the file is modified, a message is send either to the specified view or to the first view of a specified document. The message handler will call the reload function of the document class. The class should be thread save.

Things you have to change in your ViewClass and DocumentClass:

In your document class header file:

class CFileWatchAppDoc : public CRichEditDoc
{
    ....
public:
    void OnFileReload();
protected:
    DWORD m_hFileWatch;
    void AddToFileWatch();
};

In your document class source file:

#include "FileWatch.h"

CFileWatchAppDoc::CFileWatchAppDoc()
{
    m_hFileWatch = NULL;
}

CFileWatchAppDoc::~CFileWatchAppDoc()
{
    CFileWatch::RemoveHandle(m_hFileWatch);
}

BOOL CFileWatchAppDoc::OnSaveDocument(LPCTSTR lpszPathName) 
{
    CFileWatch::RemoveHandle(m_hFileWatch);
    BOOL bSuccess = 
    CRichEditDoc::OnSaveDocument(lpszPathName);
    AddToFileWatch();    
    return bSuccess; 
} 

void CFileWatchAppDoc::SetPathName(LPCTSTR lpszPathName,
                                       BOOL bAddToMRU) 
{
    CFileWatch::RemoveHandle(m_hFileWatch); 
    CRichEditDoc::SetPathName(lpszPathName, bAddToMRU);
    AddToFileWatch(); 
} 

void CFileWatchAppDoc::AddToFileWatch()
{
    m_hFileWatch = CFileWatch::AddFileFolder(lpszPathName, NULL, this); 
    CFileWatch::SetAutoReload(m_hFileWatch, 
   &((CYourApp*)AfxGetApp())->m_bAutoReloadDocTypeXY);
}

void CFileWatchAppDoc::OnFileReload()
{
    // your reload code
    ...
    UpdateAllViews(NULL);
}

In your view class header file:

class CFileWatchAppView : public CRichEditView {     ... protected:     //{{AFX_MSG(CFileWatchAppView)     afx_msg LRESULT OnFileWatchNotification(WPARAM wParam,     LPARAM lParam);     //}}AFX_MSG     DECLARE_MESSAGE_MAP() };

In your view class source file:
#include "FileWatch.h"

BEGIN_MESSAGE_MAP(CFileWatchAppView, CRichEditView)
  //{{AFX_MSG_MAP(CFileWatchAppView)
  ON_REGISTERED_MESSAGE(CFileWatch::m_msgFileWatchNotify,
                        OnFileWatchNotification)
  //}}AFX_MSG_MAP
END_MESSAGE_MAP()

LRESULT CFileWatchAppView::OnFileWatchNotification(WPARAM wParam, 
                                                   LPARAM lParam)
{
    CString sPathName = CString((LPCTSTR)lParam);
    DWORD dwData = (DWORD)wParam;

   GetDocument()->OnFileReload();

    return 0;
}

In your mainframe class source file:

#include "FileWatch.h"

void CMainFrame::OnClose() 
{
    CFileWatch::Stop();
    CMDIFrameWnd::OnClose();
}

Add Non-document files to the watch:

Non-document files, which should be monitored, can be added to the watch, but must be associated with a view class. Use DWORD dwData or the file name to distinguish, which file has been changed.
#include "FileWatch.h"

void class::xy()
{
   ...
   DWORD hHandle = CFileWatch::AddFileFolder(LPCTSTR lpszFileName,
                HWND hWnd, CDocument* pDocument=NULL, DWORD dwData);
   ...
}

LRESULT CYourView::OnFileWatchNotification(WPARAM wParam, 
                                           LPARAM lParam)
{
    CString sPathName = CString((LPCTSTR)lParam);
    DWORD dwData = (DWORD)wParam;

    if (sPathName == GetDocument()->GetPathName()) 
      GetDocument()->OnFileReload();
    else
       ...

    return 0;
}

ATTENTION!

Not all file systems record write time in the same manner. For example, on Windows NT FAT, create time has a resolution of 10 milliseconds, write time has a resolution of 2 seconds, and access time has a resolution of one day (really, the access date). On NTFS, access time has a resolution of one hour. Furthermore, FAT records times on disk in local time, while NTFS records times on disk in UTC, so it is not affected by changes in time zone or daylight saving time. I have no information about the resolution of the write time in FAT or FAT32. However, if the file is modified several times in the same time window, only one notification can be detected!!!

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