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cefindfirstfile (rapi)

rapi is for smart devices, not desktop Windows. Therefore, this information only applies to code using the .NET Compact Framework. To see if information for cefindfirstfile in other DLLs exists, click on Find References to the right.

This function searches a directory for a file whose name matches the specified filename. It examines subdirectory names as well as filenames.

C# Signature:

[DllImport("rapi.dll", CharSet=CharSet.Unicode)]
public static extern IntPtr CeFindFirstFile(
    string lpFileName,
    ref CE_FIND_DATA lpFindFileData);

VB.Net Signature

  <DllImport("rapi.dll", CharSet:=CharSet.Unicode, SetLastError:=True)>
  Public Function CeFindFirstFile(
     ByVal s As String,
     ByRef results As CE_FIND_DATA) As Integer
  End Function

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CE_FIND_DATA structure info at


Function info on msdn at

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Sample Code:

CE_FIND_DATA findData = new CE_FIND_DATA();
IntPtr hFindFile = CeFindFirstFile("\\windows\\test.dll",ref findData)

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