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Manipulating local/remote files and folders using Delphi and WMI

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Some days ago a question in stackoverflow.com was made, about how list the contents of a folder of a remote machine. I answer that question using a WMI approach mentioning the CIM_DataFile and CIM_Directory WMI Classes, these classes  can be used to retrieve information about files, folders and perform many task like copy, rename, delete and  compress.  So today I will show you how you can use these classes form Delphi.

First you must know which in order to access any file or folder  in a remote machine need not be a shared resource, only just must enable the WMI remote access in the machine to access, check these articles for more details about how enable the remote wmi access.

After of enabling the WMI remote access in the client machine you are ready to access the files and folders.

Before to begin

Now some tips which can help you to deal both classes

  1. When you make a WMI query against these classes always you must use filters (Where conditions) to restrict the result of these WMI classes.
  2. Always you must use the Drive field as condition, due to two reasons, first these classes will scan all directories on any available storage device. So this task can take some time. and second to diffentiate for example a folder called Windows located in the Drive C: and in the Drive D:.
  3. The Wmi interprets the \ (Backslash) character as a reserved symbol so you need to escape that character to avoid problems with the WQL sentence.
  4. You can use these classes to find files or folders which match with a criteria, but remember if you not specify the Path property the WMI will scan the entire drive. so try to avoid  sentences like
FWMIService.ExecQuery(Format('SELECT * FROM CIM_DataFile Where Drive="%s" AND Extension="%s"',['C:','jpg']),'WQL',wbemFlagForwardOnly);//this will return all the jpg files in the C Drive

Note :
The code showed in this article uses Late binding to access the WMI, if you want use another way to access the WMI from delphi (like direct COM access or importing th e Microsoft scripting library) take a look to the Delphi WMI Code creator.

Listing Folder and Files

//list the files and folders of a specified Path (non recursive)
procedure  ListFolderContent(Const WbemComputer,WbemUser,WbemPassword,Path:string);
const
  wbemFlagForwardOnly = $00000020;
var
  FSWbemLocator : OLEVariant;
  FWMIService   : OLEVariant;
  FWbemObjectSet: OLEVariant;
  FWbemObject   : OLEVariant;
  oEnum         : IEnumvariant;
  iValue        : LongWord;
  WmiPath       : string;
  Drive         : string;
begin;
  //Extract the drive from the Path
  Drive   :=ExtractFileDrive(Path);
  //add a back slash to the end of the folder
  WmiPath :=IncludeTrailingPathDelimiter(Copy(Path,3,Length(Path)));
  //escape the folder name
  WmiPath :=StringReplace(WmiPath,'\','\\',[rfReplaceAll]);

  Writeln('Connecting');
  FSWbemLocator := CreateOleObject('WbemScripting.SWbemLocator');
  //establish the connection
  FWMIService   := FSWbemLocator.ConnectServer(WbemComputer, 'root\CIMV2', WbemUser, WbemPassword);

  Writeln('Files');
  //get the files
  FWbemObjectSet:= FWMIService.ExecQuery(Format('SELECT * FROM CIM_DataFile Where Drive="%s" AND Path="%s"',[Drive,WmiPath]),'WQL',wbemFlagForwardOnly);
  oEnum         := IUnknown(FWbemObjectSet._NewEnum) as IEnumVariant;
  while oEnum.Next(1, FWbemObject, iValue) = 0 do
  begin
    Writeln(Format('%s',[FWbemObject.Name]));// String
    FWbemObject:=Unassigned;
  end;

  Writeln('Folders');
  //get the folders
  FWbemObjectSet:= FWMIService.ExecQuery(Format('SELECT * FROM CIM_Directory Where Drive="%s" AND Path="%s"',[Drive,WmiPath]),'WQL',wbemFlagForwardOnly);
  oEnum         := IUnknown(FWbemObjectSet._NewEnum) as IEnumVariant;
  while oEnum.Next(1, FWbemObject, iValue) = 0 do
  begin
    Writeln(Format('%s',[FWbemObject.Name]));// String
    FWbemObject:=Unassigned;
  end;
end;

How to use

begin
 try
    CoInitialize(nil);
    try
      //ListFolderContent('.','','','C:\data'); //get the content of the folder Data in he local machine
      ListFolderContent('remotemachine','user_name','password','C:\Data');
    finally
      CoUninitialize;
    end;
 except
    on E:EOleException do
        Writeln(Format('EOleException %s %x', [E.Message,E.ErrorCode]));
    on E:Exception do
        Writeln(E.Classname, ':', E.Message);
 end;
 Writeln('Press Enter to exit');
 Readln;
end.

Get info about a particular file or folder


This code will list the type, size, creation date, attributes, etc. of any file which you pass as parameter

procedure  GetCIM_DataFileInfo(const FileName:string);
const
  WbemUser            ='';
  WbemPassword        ='';
  WbemComputer        ='localhost';
var
  FSWbemLocator : OLEVariant;
  FWMIService   : OLEVariant;
  FWbemObject   : OLEVariant;
begin;
  FSWbemLocator := CreateOleObject('WbemScripting.SWbemLocator');
  FWMIService   := FSWbemLocator.ConnectServer(WbemComputer, 'root\CIMV2', WbemUser, WbemPassword);
  FWbemObject   := FWMIService.Get(Format('CIM_DataFile.Name="%s"',[StringReplace(FileName,'\','\\',[rfReplaceAll])]));
  Writeln(Format('AccessMask               %s',[FWbemObject.AccessMask]));// Uint32
  Writeln(Format('Archive                  %s',[FWbemObject.Archive]));// Boolean
  Writeln(Format('Caption                  %s',[FWbemObject.Caption]));// String
  Writeln(Format('Compressed               %s',[FWbemObject.Compressed]));// Boolean
  Writeln(Format('CompressionMethod        %s',[FWbemObject.CompressionMethod]));// String
  Writeln(Format('CreationClassName        %s',[FWbemObject.CreationClassName]));// String
  Writeln(Format('CreationDate             %s',[FormatDateTime('dd/mm/yyyy hh:nn:ss',WbemTimeToDateTime(FWbemObject.CreationDate))]));// Datetime
  Writeln(Format('CSCreationClassName      %s',[FWbemObject.CSCreationClassName]));// String
  Writeln(Format('CSName                   %s',[FWbemObject.CSName]));// String
  Writeln(Format('Description              %s',[FWbemObject.Description]));// String
  Writeln(Format('Drive                    %s',[FWbemObject.Drive]));// String
  Writeln(Format('EightDotThreeFileName    %s',[FWbemObject.EightDotThreeFileName]));// String
  Writeln(Format('Encrypted                %s',[FWbemObject.Encrypted]));// Boolean
  Writeln(Format('EncryptionMethod         %s',[FWbemObject.EncryptionMethod]));// String
  Writeln(Format('Extension                %s',[FWbemObject.Extension]));// String
  Writeln(Format('FileName                 %s',[FWbemObject.FileName]));// String
  Writeln(Format('FileSize                 %s',[FWbemObject.FileSize]));// Uint64
  Writeln(Format('FileType                 %s',[FWbemObject.FileType]));// String
  Writeln(Format('FSCreationClassName      %s',[FWbemObject.FSCreationClassName]));// String
  Writeln(Format('FSName                   %s',[FWbemObject.FSName]));// String
  Writeln(Format('Hidden                   %s',[FWbemObject.Hidden]));// Boolean
  Writeln(Format('InstallDate              %s',[FormatDateTime('dd/mm/yyyy hh:nn:ss',WbemTimeToDateTime(FWbemObject.InstallDate))]));// Datetime
  Writeln(Format('InUseCount               %s',[FWbemObject.InUseCount]));// Uint64
  Writeln(Format('LastAccessed             %s',[FormatDateTime('dd/mm/yyyy hh:nn:ss',WbemTimeToDateTime(FWbemObject.LastAccessed))]));// Datetime
  Writeln(Format('LastModified             %s',[FormatDateTime('dd/mm/yyyy hh:nn:ss',WbemTimeToDateTime(FWbemObject.LastModified))]));// Datetime
  Writeln(Format('Manufacturer             %s',[FWbemObject.Manufacturer]));// String
  Writeln(Format('Name                     %s',[FWbemObject.Name]));// String
  Writeln(Format('Path                     %s',[FWbemObject.Path]));// String
  Writeln(Format('Readable                 %s',[FWbemObject.Readable]));// Boolean
  Writeln(Format('Status                   %s',[FWbemObject.Status]));// String
  Writeln(Format('System                   %s',[FWbemObject.System]));// Boolean
  Writeln(Format('Version                  %s',[FWbemObject.Version]));// String
  Writeln(Format('Writeable                %s',[FWbemObject.Writeable]));// Boolean
  Writeln('');
end;

In the above code you note two things, first I’m using the SWbemServices.Get method instead SWbemServices.ExecQuery this is because the Get function retrieve a single instance of the wmi object path passed as parameter  (the wmi object path is a string that uniquely identifies a instances of a class). The second
which you must note is the WbemTimeToDateTime  function, this is a helper function to convert the returned WMI datetime values in UTC format to TDateTime.

This is the code of that function, for more info check the documentation about the WbemScripting.SWbemDateTime object.

function WbemTimeToDateTime(const V : OleVariant): TDateTime;
var
  Dt : OleVariant;
begin
  Result:=0;
  if VarIsNull(V) then exit;
  Dt:=CreateOleObject('WbemScripting.SWbemDateTime');
  Dt.Value := V;
  Result:=Dt.GetVarDate;
end;

This code will list the size, creation date, atributes, etc. of any folder which you pass as parameter

procedure  GetCIM_DirectoryInfo(const FolderName:string);
const
  WbemUser            ='';
  WbemPassword        ='';
  WbemComputer        ='localhost';
var
  FSWbemLocator : OLEVariant;
  FWMIService   : OLEVariant;
  FWbemObject   : OLEVariant;
begin;
  FSWbemLocator := CreateOleObject('WbemScripting.SWbemLocator');
  FWMIService   := FSWbemLocator.ConnectServer(WbemComputer, 'root\CIMV2', WbemUser, WbemPassword);
  FWbemObject   := FWMIService.Get(Format('CIM_Directory.Name="%s"',[StringReplace(FolderName,'\','\\',[rfReplaceAll])]));
  Writeln(Format('AccessMask               %s',[FWbemObject.AccessMask]));// Uint32
  Writeln(Format('Archive                  %s',[FWbemObject.Archive]));// Boolean
  Writeln(Format('Caption                  %s',[FWbemObject.Caption]));// String
  Writeln(Format('Compressed               %s',[FWbemObject.Compressed]));// Boolean
  Writeln(Format('CompressionMethod        %s',[FWbemObject.CompressionMethod]));// String
  Writeln(Format('CreationClassName        %s',[FWbemObject.CreationClassName]));// String
  Writeln(Format('CreationDate             %s',[FormatDateTime('dd/mm/yyyy hh:nn:ss',WbemTimeToDateTime(FWbemObject.CreationDate))]));// Datetime
  Writeln(Format('CSCreationClassName      %s',[FWbemObject.CSCreationClassName]));// String
  Writeln(Format('CSName                   %s',[FWbemObject.CSName]));// String
  Writeln(Format('Description              %s',[FWbemObject.Description]));// String
  Writeln(Format('Drive                    %s',[FWbemObject.Drive]));// String
  Writeln(Format('EightDotThreeFileName    %s',[FWbemObject.EightDotThreeFileName]));// String
  Writeln(Format('Encrypted                %s',[FWbemObject.Encrypted]));// Boolean
  Writeln(Format('EncryptionMethod         %s',[FWbemObject.EncryptionMethod]));// String
  Writeln(Format('Extension                %s',[FWbemObject.Extension]));// String
  Writeln(Format('FileName                 %s',[FWbemObject.FileName]));// String
  Writeln(Format('FileSize                 %s',[FWbemObject.FileSize]));// Uint64
  Writeln(Format('FileType                 %s',[FWbemObject.FileType]));// String
  Writeln(Format('FSCreationClassName      %s',[FWbemObject.FSCreationClassName]));// String
  Writeln(Format('FSName                   %s',[FWbemObject.FSName]));// String
  Writeln(Format('Hidden                   %s',[FWbemObject.Hidden]));// Boolean
  Writeln(Format('InstallDate              %s',[FormatDateTime('dd/mm/yyyy hh:nn:ss',WbemTimeToDateTime(FWbemObject.InstallDate))]));// Datetime
  Writeln(Format('InUseCount               %s',[FWbemObject.InUseCount]));// Uint64
  Writeln(Format('LastAccessed             %s',[FormatDateTime('dd/mm/yyyy hh:nn:ss',WbemTimeToDateTime(FWbemObject.LastAccessed))]));// Datetime
  Writeln(Format('LastModified             %s',[FormatDateTime('dd/mm/yyyy hh:nn:ss',WbemTimeToDateTime(FWbemObject.LastModified))]));// Datetime
  Writeln(Format('Name                     %s',[FWbemObject.Name]));// String
  Writeln(Format('Path                     %s',[FWbemObject.Path]));// String
  Writeln(Format('Readable                 %s',[FWbemObject.Readable]));// Boolean
  Writeln(Format('Status                   %s',[FWbemObject.Status]));// String
  Writeln(Format('System                   %s',[FWbemObject.System]));// Boolean
  Writeln(Format('Writeable                %s',[FWbemObject.Writeable]));// Boolean
  Writeln('');
end;

Compress a File or Folder using the NTFS compression

function  CompressFile(const FileName:string):integer;
var
  FSWbemLocator : OLEVariant;
  FWMIService   : OLEVariant;
  FWbemObject   : OLEVariant;
begin;
  FSWbemLocator := CreateOleObject('WbemScripting.SWbemLocator');
  FWMIService   := FSWbemLocator.ConnectServer('localhost', 'root\CIMV2', '', '');
  FWbemObject   := FWMIService.Get(Format('CIM_DataFile.Name="%s"',[StringReplace(FileName,'\','\\',[rfReplaceAll])]));
  Result:=FWbemObject.Compress();
end;
function  CompressFolder(const FolderName:string;Recursive:Boolean):integer;
var
  FSWbemLocator : OLEVariant;
  FWMIService   : OLEVariant;
  FWbemObject   : OLEVariant;
  StopFileName  : OLEVariant;
begin;
  FSWbemLocator := CreateOleObject('WbemScripting.SWbemLocator');
  FWMIService   := FSWbemLocator.ConnectServer('localhost', 'root\CIMV2', '', '');
  FWbemObject   := FWMIService.Get(Format('CIM_Directory.Name="%s"',[StringReplace(FolderName,'\','\\',[rfReplaceAll])]));
  if Recursive then
   Result:=FWbemObject.CompressEx(StopFileName, Null, Recursive)
  else
   Result:=FWbemObject.Compress();
end;

UnCompress a File or Folder using the NTFS compression

function  UnCompressFile(const FileName:string):integer;
var
  FSWbemLocator : OLEVariant;
  FWMIService   : OLEVariant;
  FWbemObject   : OLEVariant;
begin;
  FSWbemLocator := CreateOleObject('WbemScripting.SWbemLocator');
  FWMIService   := FSWbemLocator.ConnectServer('localhost', 'root\CIMV2', '', '');
  FWbemObject   := FWMIService.Get(Format('CIM_DataFile.Name="%s"',[StringReplace(FileName,'\','\\',[rfReplaceAll])]));
  Result:=FWbemObject.UnCompress();
end;
function  UnCompressFolder(const FolderName:string;Recursive:Boolean):integer;
var
  FSWbemLocator : OLEVariant;
  FWMIService   : OLEVariant;
  FWbemObject   : OLEVariant;
  StopFileName  : OLEVariant;
begin;
  FSWbemLocator := CreateOleObject('WbemScripting.SWbemLocator');
  FWMIService   := FSWbemLocator.ConnectServer('localhost', 'root\CIMV2', '', '');
  FWbemObject   := FWMIService.Get(Format('CIM_Directory.Name="%s"',[StringReplace(FolderName,'\','\\',[rfReplaceAll])]));
  if Recursive then
   Result:=FWbemObject.UnCompressEx(StopFileName, Variants.Null, Recursive)
  else
   Result:=FWbemObject.UnCompress();
end;

Copy a single File or Folder

function  CopyFile(const SourceFileName,DestFileName:string):integer;
var
  FSWbemLocator : OLEVariant;
  FWMIService   : OLEVariant;
  FWbemObject   : OLEVariant;
begin;
  FSWbemLocator := CreateOleObject('WbemScripting.SWbemLocator');
  FWMIService   := FSWbemLocator.ConnectServer('localhost', 'root\CIMV2', '', '');
  FWbemObject   := FWMIService.Get(Format('CIM_DataFile.Name="%s"',[StringReplace(SourceFileName,'\','\\',[rfReplaceAll])]));
  Result:=FWbemObject.Copy(DestFileName);
end;
function  CopyFolder(const SourceFolder,DestFolder:string;Recursive:Boolean):integer;
var
  FSWbemLocator : OLEVariant;
  FWMIService   : OLEVariant;
  FWbemObject   : OLEVariant;
  StopFileName  : OleVariant;
begin;
  FSWbemLocator := CreateOleObject('WbemScripting.SWbemLocator');
  FWMIService   := FSWbemLocator.ConnectServer('localhost', 'root\CIMV2', '', '');
  FWbemObject   := FWMIService.Get(Format('CIM_Directory.Name="%s"',[StringReplace(SourceFolder,'\','\\',[rfReplaceAll])]));
  if Recursive then
    Result:=FWbemObject.CopyEx(DestFolder,StopFileName, Variants.Null, Recursive)
  else
    Result:=FWbemObject.Copy(DestFolder);
end;

Delete a File or Folder

function  DeleteFile(const FileName:string):integer;
var
  FSWbemLocator : OLEVariant;
  FWMIService   : OLEVariant;
  FWbemObject   : OLEVariant;
begin;
  FSWbemLocator := CreateOleObject('WbemScripting.SWbemLocator');
  FWMIService   := FSWbemLocator.ConnectServer('localhost', 'root\CIMV2', '', '');
  FWbemObject   := FWMIService.Get(Format('CIM_DataFile.Name="%s"',[StringReplace(FileName,'\','\\',[rfReplaceAll])]));
  Result:=FWbemObject.Delete();
end;
//remove all the contents of the folder recursivily
function  DeleteFolder(const FolderName:string):integer;
var
  FSWbemLocator : OLEVariant;
  FWMIService   : OLEVariant;
  FWbemObject   : OLEVariant;
begin;
  FSWbemLocator := CreateOleObject('WbemScripting.SWbemLocator');
  FWMIService   := FSWbemLocator.ConnectServer('localhost', 'root\CIMV2', '', '');
  FWbemObject   := FWMIService.Get(Format('CIM_Directory.Name="%s"',[StringReplace(FolderName,'\','\\',[rfReplaceAll])]));
  Result:=FWbemObject.Delete();
end;

Rename a File or Folder

function RenameFile(const OldName, NewName: string): Integer;
var
  FSWbemLocator : OLEVariant;
  FWMIService   : OLEVariant;
  FWbemObject   : OLEVariant;
begin;
  FSWbemLocator := CreateOleObject('WbemScripting.SWbemLocator');
  FWMIService   := FSWbemLocator.ConnectServer('localhost', 'root\CIMV2', '', '');
  FWbemObject   := FWMIService.Get(Format('CIM_DataFile.Name="%s"',[StringReplace(OldName,'\','\\',[rfReplaceAll])]));
  Result:=FWbemObject.Rename(NewName);
end;
function RenameFolder(const OldName, NewName: string): Integer;
var
  FSWbemLocator : OLEVariant;
  FWMIService   : OLEVariant;
  FWbemObject   : OLEVariant;
begin;
  FSWbemLocator := CreateOleObject('WbemScripting.SWbemLocator');
  FWMIService   := FSWbemLocator.ConnectServer('localhost', 'root\CIMV2', '', '');
  FWbemObject   := FWMIService.Get(Format('CIM_Directory.Name="%s"',[StringReplace(OldName,'\','\\',[rfReplaceAll])]));
  Result:=FWbemObject.Rename(NewName);
end;

Getting the permissions over a CIM_DataFile or CIM_Directory object

In order to get whether the caller has the permissions on the CIM_DataFile or CIM_Directory object you must use the GetEffectivePermission function with these flags

Value (Dec/Hex) Meaning
FILE_READ_DATA (file)FILE_LIST_DIRECTORY (directory)
1 (0×1)
Grants the right to read data from the file. For a directory, this value grants the right to list the contents of the directory.
FILE_WRITE_DATA (file)FILE_ADD_FILE (directory)
2 (0×2)
Grants the right to write data to the file. For a directory, this value grants the right to create a file in the directory.
FILE_APPEND_DATA (file)FILE_ADD_SUBDIRECTORY (directory)
4 (0×4)
Grants the right to append data to the file. For a directory, this value grants the right to create a subdirectory.
FILE_READ_EA
8 (0×8)
Grants the right to read extended attributes.
FILE_WRITE_EA
16 (0×10)
Grants the right to write extended attributes.
FILE_EXECUTE (file)FILE_TRAVERSE (directory)
32 (0×20)
Grants the right to execute a file. For a directory, the directory can be traversed.
FILE_DELETE_CHILD (directory)
64 (0×40)
Grants the right to delete a directory and all the files it contains, even if the files are read-only.
FILE_READ_ATTRIBUTES
128 (0×80)
Grants the right to read file attributes.
FILE_WRITE_ATTRIBUTES
256 (0×100)
Grants the right to change file attributes.
DELETE
65536 (0×10000)
Grants delete access.
READ_CONTROL
131072 (0×20000)
Grants read access to the security descriptor and owner.
WRITE_DAC
262144 (0×40000)
Grants write access to the discretionary ACL.
WRITE_OWNER
524288 (0×80000)
Assigns the write owner.
SYNCHRONIZE
1048576 (0×100000)
Synchronizes access and allows a process to wait for an object to enter the signaled state.
function GetEffectivePermission(const FileName:string;Flags:integer):Boolean;
var
  FSWbemLocator : OLEVariant;
  FWMIService   : OLEVariant;
  FWbemObject   : OLEVariant;
begin;
  FSWbemLocator := CreateOleObject('WbemScripting.SWbemLocator');
  FWMIService   := FSWbemLocator.ConnectServer('localhost', 'root\CIMV2', '', '');
  FWbemObject   := FWMIService.Get(Format('CIM_DataFile.Name="%s"',[StringReplace(FileName,'\','\\',[rfReplaceAll])]));
  Result:=FWbemObject.GetEffectivePermission(Flags);
end;

And use like this

GetEffectivePermission('C:\FooFolder\Foo_Filename.ext',FILE_READ_DATA or FILE_READ_ATTRIBUTES);

Getting the Status of a task

The functions Compress, UnCompress, Copy, Rename and Delete return a Result code which can be translated to a message using this function

function GetResultMessage(ResultCode:Integer) : string;
begin
  case ResultCode of
     0 : Result:='Success';
     2 : Result:='Access denied';
     8 : Result:='Unspecified failure';
     9 : Result:='Invalid object';
    10 : Result:='Object already exists';
    11 : Result:='File system not NTFS';
    12 : Result:='Platform not Windows NT or Windows 2000';
    13 : Result:='Drive not the same';
    14 : Result:='Directory not empty';
    15 : Result:='Sharing violation';
    16 : Result:='Invalid start file';
    17 : Result:='Privilege not held';
    21 : Result:='Invalid parameter'
  else
    Result := 'Unknown';
  end;
end;

Demo Application

Check this demo application which can list all the files and folders in a remote or local machine only using the WMI

Download the binaries and sourcecode from here

 

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11 thoughts on “Manipulating local/remote files and folders using Delphi and WMI

  1. Is is possible to copy file from local to remote (or reverse) using WMI, but without using remote/local share connections?

    • Krystian, This is not possible directly. because each WMI connection runs over a single machine. so each operation must be done in the connected machine. The only option which come to my mind now is use the WMI (or ADSI) to create a temporal shared network resource in the remote machine. then copy from the local machine using the UNC path and a standard windows copy file function. finally remove the temporal shared using WMI (or ADSI).

  2. The TreeViewFolders do not show the expansion glyph |> unless a node is selected. How do you show the glyph for all nodes that have children?

    • William the demo app load only the root folders and when you select a specified folder the content is read (and the arrow is shown and stays). I don’t understeand what you mean with “How do you show the glyph for all nodes that have children?” please explain.

  3. No expansion glyphs are shown (right triangle on its side or arrow) used to be a + in older windows versions.

    Each node should have a expansion glyph for each node that has children just like windows explorer does.

    |> C:\
    |> Images
    |> Bitmaps
    |> PNG
    TIff – this folder does not have any children so no glyph.

    Where |> is the expansion glyph.

    These “arrows” should be visible after the Treeview is filled for folders that have children.

    I have tried for hours to figure this out but the glyphs only appear after you select a folder with the mouse. If you do not select a folder there is no glyph shown even though the folder has children.

    “when you select a specified folder the content is read (and the arrow is shown and stays).” – yes this is true, but the folders should show the arrow even if not selected to show the folder has children.

    I can not even get ExpandAll to work with the demo amoungst alot of other things I have tried.

    Thanks for your help. I expanded your demo to do copy, rename, delete, compress and uncompress and to display folder and file info in your pagecontrol with a listview. If you email me your address I can send you what I have. Delphi 2010 project.

    I also tried adding a coulmn to show if a file was compressed, but I removed it because it slowed sown things alot. Right now Compressed: Yes/No shows in the status bar when you select a file.

    Thanks,

    Bill

  4. I guess I understand it now… The children are not added to the Tree until a selection is made… I guess this makes it faster…

    Do you know why FWbemObject.Name always is lowercase?

    • Exactly, is to keep the flow of the application faster and responsive. About your question I don’t know the reason why the CIM_DataFile and CIM_DataDirectory classes returns the value of the Name property in lowercase.

  5. Pingback: WMI Tasks using Delphi – Files and Folders « The Road to Delphi – a Blog about programming

  6. Link correction for “Connecting to WMI on a remote computer”
    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa389290%28v=vs.85%29.aspx

  7. Dropbox error 509 !

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