Re: Obtaining the error text from a custom HResult.

"spforeman" <>
9 Jan 2007 03:59:18 -0800
Well as happens sometimes, you spend all morning looking for the
elusive function to call and can't find it. Then just as you ask for
help, bingo, you find the answer.

It turns out I need to call GetErrorInfo to retrieve an IErrorInfo
interface and call GetDescription.

e.g. (assuming support for ISupportErrorInfo)

CComBSTR bstrError;
CComPtr<IErrorInfo> pEO;
if(S_OK == GetErrorInfo(NULL, &pEO))
    CComBSTR bstrDesc;

spforeman wrote:

Hi All,

I'm sure this is (probably) an easy one but I can't find the answer

I have two com objects A and B within the same project and a seperate
VB client that uses A. A uses object B and checks the returned HRESULT
values to determine if the calls to B have been successful or not.

I have ISupportErrorInfo selected for all objects.
B returns custom errors like this: return Error("My custom message");

A can check for S_OK or E_FAIL or can just return the HRESULT and my VB
client displays the correct error message, so I guess the text has been
associated with the HRESULT somehow by COM.

So far so good.

What happens if A wants to access the error text itself - how do I
access the error text that has somehow been associated with the
returned HRESULT from B?

I have tried FormatMessage with the following flags
FORMAT_MESSAGE_FROM_SYSTEM, but all I get back is "Exception Occurred".
 I would like to have my specific message rather than this generic one.

Also I have seen examples where the calling function is wrapped in try
/ catch handlers and a _com_error is caught. But my calls are not
throwing exceptions they are returning error codes. Unless of course I
am missing something?

Thanks in advance.


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