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PdhMakeCounterPath function

Creates a full counter path using the members specified in the PDH_COUNTER_PATH_ELEMENTS structure.

Syntax


PDH_STATUS PdhMakeCounterPath(
  _In_     PDH_COUNTER_PATH_ELEMENTS *pCounterPathElements,
  _Out_    LPTSTR szFullPathBuffer,
  _Inout_  LPDWORD pcchBufferSize,
  _In_     DWORD dwFlags
);

Parameters

pCounterPathElements [in]

A PDH_COUNTER_PATH_ELEMENTS structure that contains the members used to make up the path. Only the szObjectName and szCounterName members are required, the others are optional.

If the instance name member is NULL, the path will not contain an instance reference and the szParentInstance and dwInstanceIndex members will be ignored.

szFullPathBuffer [out]

Caller-allocated buffer that receives a null-terminated counter path. The maximum length of a counter path is PDH_MAX_COUNTER_PATH. Set to NULL if pcchBufferSize is zero.

pcchBufferSize [in, out]

Size of the szFullPathBuffer buffer, in TCHARs. If zero on input, the function returns PDH_MORE_DATA and sets this parameter to the required buffer size. If the buffer is larger than the required size, the function sets this parameter to the actual size of the buffer that was used. If the specified size on input is greater than zero but less than the required size, you should not rely on the returned size to reallocate the buffer.

dwFlags [in]

Format of the input and output counter values. You can specify one of the following values.

ValueMeaning
PDH_PATH_WBEM_RESULT

Converts a PDH path to the WMI class and property name format.

PDH_PATH_WBEM_INPUT

Converts the WMI class and property name to a PDH path.

0

Returns the path in the PDH format, for example, \\computer\object(parent/instance#index)\counter.

 

Return value

If the function succeeds, it returns ERROR_SUCCESS.

If the function fails, the return value is a system error code or a PDH error code. The following are possible values.

Return codeDescription
PDH_MORE_DATA

The szFullPathBuffer buffer is too small to contain the counter name. This return value is expected if pcchBufferSize is zero on input. If the specified size on input is greater than zero but less than the required size, you should not rely on the returned size to reallocate the buffer.

PDH_INVALID_ARGUMENT

A parameter is not valid or is incorrectly formatted. For example, on some releases you could receive this error if the specified size on input is greater than zero but less than the required size.

 

Remarks

You should call this function twice, the first time to get the required buffer size (set szFullPathBuffer to NULL and pcchBufferSize to 0), and the second time to get the data.

Requirements

Minimum supported client

Windows XP [desktop apps only]

Minimum supported server

Windows Server 2003 [desktop apps only]

Header

Pdh.h

Library

Pdh.lib

DLL

Pdh.dll

Unicode and ANSI names

PdhMakeCounterPathW (Unicode) and PdhMakeCounterPathA (ANSI)

See also

PDH_COUNTER_PATH_ELEMENTS
PdhParseCounterPath

 

 

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