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InternetSetFilePointer function

Sets a file position for InternetReadFile. This is a synchronous call; however, subsequent calls to InternetReadFile might block or return pending if the data is not available from the cache and the server does not support random access.

Syntax


DWORD InternetSetFilePointer(
  _In_     HINTERNET hFile,
  _In_     LONG lDistanceToMove,
  _Inout_  PLONG lpDistanceToMoveHigh,
  _In_     DWORD dwMoveMethod,
  _In_     DWORD_PTR dwContext
);

Parameters

hFile [in]

Handle returned from a previous call to InternetOpenUrl (on an HTTP or HTTPS URL) or HttpOpenRequest (using the GET or HEAD HTTP verb and passed to HttpSendRequest or HttpSendRequestEx). This handle must not have been created with the INTERNET_FLAG_DONT_CACHE or INTERNET_FLAG_NO_CACHE_WRITE value set.

lDistanceToMove [in]

The low order 32-bits of a signed 64-bit number of bytes to move the file pointer.

Internet Explorer 7 and earlier:  InternetSetFilePointer used to move the pointer only within the bounds of a LONG. When calling this older version of the function, lpDistanceToMoveHigh is reserved and should be set to 0. A positive value moves the pointer forward in the file; a negative value moves it backward.

lpDistanceToMoveHigh [in, out]

A pointer to the high order 32-bits of the signed 64-bit distance to move. If you do not need the high order 32-bits, this pointer must be set to NULL. When not NULL, this parameter also receives the high order DWORD of the new value of the file pointer. A positive value moves the pointer forward in the file; a negative value moves it backward.

Internet Explorer 7 and earlier:  InternetSetFilePointer used to move the pointer only within the bounds of a LONG. When calling this older version of the function, lpDistanceToMoveHigh is reserved and should be set to 0.

dwMoveMethod [in]

Starting point for the file pointer move. This parameter can be one of the following values.

ValueMeaning
FILE_BEGIN

Starting point is zero or the beginning of the file. If FILE_BEGIN is specified, lDistanceToMove is interpreted as an unsigned location for the new file pointer.

FILE_CURRENT

Current value of the file pointer is the starting point.

FILE_END

Current end-of-file position is the starting point. This method fails if the content length is unknown.

 

dwContext [in]

This parameter is reserved and must be 0.

Return value

I the function succeeds, it returns the current file position. A return value of INVALID_SET_FILE_POINTER indicates a potential failure and needs to be followed by be a call to GetLastError.

Since INVALID_SET_FILE_POINTER is a valid value for the low-order DWORD of the new file pointer, the caller must check both the return value of the function and the error code returned by GetLastError to determine whether or not an error has occurred. If an error has occurred, the return value of InternetSetFilePointer is INVALID_SET_FILE_POINTER and GetLastError returns a value other than NO_ERROR.

If the function succeeds and lpDistanceToMoveHigh is NULL, the return value is the low-order DWORD of the new file pointer. Note that if the function returns a value other than INVALID_SET_FILE_POINTER, the call to InternetSetFilePointer has succeeded and there is no need to call GetLastError.

If the function succeeds and lpDistanceToMoveHigh is not NULL, the return value is the lower-order DWORD of the new file pointer and lpDistanceToMoveHigh contains the high order DWORD of the new file pointer.

If a new file pointer is a negative value, the function fails, the file pointer is not moved, and the code returned by GetLastError is ERROR_NEGATIVE_SEEK.

If lpDistanceToMoveHigh is NULL and the new file position does not fit in a 32-bit value the function fails and returns INVALID_SET_FILE_POINTER.

Remarks

This function cannot be used once the end of the file has been reached by InternetReadFile.

For HINTERNET handles created by HttpOpenRequest and sent by HttpSendRequestEx, a call to HttpEndRequest must be made on the handle before InternetSetFilePointer is used.

InternetSetFilePointer cannot be used reliably if the content length is unknown.

Like all other aspects of the WinINet API, this function cannot be safely called from within DllMain or the constructors and destructors of global objects.

InternetSetFilePointer has changed over time. In Internet Explorer 7 and earlier, it used to move the pointer only within the bounds of a LONG. When calling this older version of the function, lDistanceToMove contains the entire value. A positive value moves the pointer forward in the file; a negative value moves it backward. lpDistanceToMoveHigh is reserved and is set to 0. In current versions, lpDistanceToMoveHigh is a significant value and where any negative value would be indicated.

Note  WinINet does not support server implementations. In addition, it should not be used from a service. For server implementations or services use Microsoft Windows HTTP Services (WinHTTP).

Requirements

Minimum supported client

Windows 2000 Professional

Minimum supported server

Windows 2000 Server

Header

Wininet.h

Library

Wininet.lib

DLL

Wininet.dll

See also

Common Functions
WinINet Functions

 

 

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