copying a file

    Feb 13 2010 | 1:27 pm
    Dear Developers,
    I'd like to copy files within an external and SDK gives some method to provide a plattform indipendent filehandling.
    Easy steps:
    1. open source file
    2. open destination file
    3. copy src to dst
    4. check file length to ensure copy was successful
    it starts with the "path_opensysfile"-method. I do like this:
    `if (path_opensysfile(srcPath->s_name, srcPath->s_name, &fSrc, READ_PERM)) {
    object_error((t_object *)x, "error opening %s", srcPath->s_name);
    outlet_int(x->out, -1);
    srcPath is a symbol I pass from my patch - under windows it look like:
    "C:/Dokumente und Einstellungen/bla/Desktop/audios_to_copy/1.5.1 anFile.wav"
    OK, I should pass the name as well. I tried that, nothing works.
    Do I have to use somthing like this
    path_nameconform(srcPath->s_name, fromConform, PATH_STYLE_NATIVE, PATH_TYPE_PATH);
    ??? and then give the fromConform as parameter???
    I thought I am inside the max-world so I dont have to change the path.
    My second question is:
    How can I convert the char* of the symbol to an short. The documentation says it needs a short for the PATH ID... what is that?
    (short)srcPath->s_name - didnt do it.
    step 2:
    I guess the problem is the same... path/name-handling
    path_createsysfile(dstPath->s_name, (short)dstPath->s_name, type, &fDst);
    The external cannot create a new file in realtime. Compiler-output is fine (except the short-casting).
    step 3 - the copy process:
    I found two relevant methods:
    this is more elegant:
    long ret = sysfile_spoolcopy(fSrc, fDst, 0);
    path_copyfile(srcPath->s_name, srcName->s_name, dstPath->s_name, dstName->s_name)
    Still: if I could resolve problem 1, this one is obsolet.
    step 4 - checking the copied file:
    My simple idea was:
    long sizeDst;
    long sizeSrc;
    sysfile_geteof(fDst, &sizeDst);
    sysfile_geteof(fSrc, &sizeSrc);
    if(sizeDst != sizeSrc){
    //something went wrong
    Well, I think I missed some very basic max-sdk knowledge or the solution is very simlpe.
    I would be thankful if anyone can help.