[fpc-devel] End of support for Win XP?

Michael Van Canneyt michael at freepascal.org
Tue Feb 6 08:54:38 CET 2018

On Tue, 6 Feb 2018, Denis Kozlov wrote:

> Improved windirs.GetWindowsSpecialDir is ready:
> https://bugs.freepascal.org/view.php?id=33133
> The submitted patch contains the following changes:
> 1. Added FOLDERID_* constants, required for SHGetKnownFolderPath.
> 2. Added mapping of legacy CSIDL_* constants to FOLDERID_* constants.
> 3. Overloaded GetWindowsSpecialDir to work with both CSIDL_* or FOLDERID_* 
> constants.
> 4. Changed GetWindowsSpecialDir to fallback to an alternative API (using 
> appropriate remapping of parameters) when the default API function is not 
> available.
> Existing code that uses GetWindowsSpecialDir(CSIDL_*) should not be affected, 
> except for an improved forward compatibility when the deprecated 
> SHGetFolderPath is finally removed from Windows API, in which case a newer 
> API function will be used automatically.

I would have preferred that you always use the new function when available, but
since you'd then be doing what Microsoft is already doing, so I won't make
a point out of it. I will apply and test the patch, thank you.


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