Windows CE .NET

This function initializes a newly created proxy using data written into the stream by a previous call to the CoMarshalInterface function, and returns an interface pointer to that proxy.

STDAPI CoUnmarshalInterface(
  IStream* pStm,
  REFIID riid,
  void** ppv 


[in] Pointer to the stream from which the interface is to be unmarshaled.
[in] Reference to the identifier of the interface to be unmarshaled.
[out] Address of pointer variable that receives the interface pointer requested in riid. Upon successful return, *ppv contains the requested interface pointer for the unmarshaled interface.

Return Values

This function supports the standard return value E_FAIL, as well as the following:

The interface pointer was unmarshaled successfully.
pStm is an invalid pointer.
The CoInitialize function was not called on the current thread before this function was called.
The object application has been disconnected from the remoting system (for example, as a result of a call to the CoDisconnectObject function).
An error occurred reading the registration database.
The final QueryInterface of this function for the requested interface returned E_NOINTERFACE.
CoCreateInstance errors
An error occurred when creating the handler.


The CoUnmarshalInterface function performs the following tasks:

  1. Reads from the stream the CLSID to be used to create an instance of the proxy.
  2. Gets an IMarshal pointer to the proxy that is to do the unmarshaling. If the object uses COM's default marshaling implementation, the pointer thus obtained is to an instance of the generic proxy object. If the marshaling is occurring between two threads in the same process, the pointer is to an instance of the in-process free threaded marshaler. If the object provides its own marshaling code, CoUnmarshalInterface calls the CoCreateInstance function, passing the CLSID it read from the marshaling stream. CoCreateInstance creates an instance of the object's proxy and returns an IMarshal interface pointer to the proxy.
  3. Using whichever IMarshal interface pointer it has acquired, the function then calls IMarshal::UnmarshalInterface and, if appropriate, IMarshal::ReleaseMarshalData.

The primary caller of this function is COM itself, from within interface proxies or stubs that unmarshal an interface pointer. There are, however, some situations in which you might call CoUnmarshalInterface. For example, if you are implementing a stub, your implementation would call CoUnmarshalInterface when the stub receives an interface pointer as a parameter in a method call.

To determine whether the platform supports this function, see Determining Supported COM APIs.


OS Versions: Windows CE 3.0 and later.
Header: Objbase.h.
Link Library: Ole32.lib.

Last updated on Wednesday, April 13, 2005

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