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Function : Database
NSFDbReadObject - Read an object into memory.

#include <nsfobjec.h>

    DWORD  ObjectID,
    DWORD  Offset,
    DWORD  Length,
    DHANDLE far *rethBuffer);
Description :

Read an object from a database file into memory. This returns a handle specifying a memory area where the object has been read. Free this memory after processing it.

Use the object ID (the RRV) to identify the object to read. Get this object ID from the RRV member of an OBJECT_DESCRIPTOR structure. The OBJECT_DESCRIPTOR structure resides in items of type TYPE_OBJECT appended to notes.

Domino and Notes use objects to store data that is not rendered on the screen by the Notes editor. Examples include file attachments ($FILE fields), help indexes, and macro left-to-do lists ($LeftToDo). Note that for file attachments, NSFNoteExtractFile is simpler to use than NSFDbReadObject.

Parameters : Input : hDB - Handle to the open database where the object resides

ObjectID - Object ID (the RRV) identifying the object in the database. Get this ID from the RRV member of the OBJECT_DESCRIPTOR structure stored in items of type TYPE_OBJECT.

Offset - Begin reading at this offset (in bytes) from the start of the object. Specify 0 to start at the beginning of the object.

Length - Number of bytes to read. Must not be zero. Use MAXDWORD to read in the number of bytes equal to the size of the object.

Output : (routine) - Return status from this call:

NOERROR - Successfully read object from database file to memory buffer.

ERR_OBJECT_CANNOT_BE_ZERO - Length input parameter specified zero.

ERR_OBJECT_TRUNCATED - Specified offset exceeds size of object, or length input parameter exceeds object size minus offset.

ERR_xxx - Errors returned by lower level functions. Call OSLoadString to obtain a string to display to the user.

rethBuffer - Receives a handle to a memory area containing the object data read from the file.

Sample Usage :

    DBHANDLE            hDb,
    NOTEHANDLE          hMacro,
    DHANDLE             *phLeftToDo,
    TIMEDATE           *ptdLeftToDoTime,
    WORD               *pwLeftToDoFlags )
    STATUS      error;
    WORD        wDataType;
    BLOCKID     bidValue;
    DWORD       dwValueLength;
    void       *ptable;
    OBJECT_DESCRIPTOR  tempObject;

    error = NSFItemInfo(hMacro, FILTER_LEFTTODO_ITEM, 
                       NULL, &wDataType, &bidValue, &dwValueLength);

    if ( ERR(error) == ERR_ITEM_NOT_FOUND )
     return (error);
    else if (error)
     printf("Error: unable get '%s' from Macro.\n",
    if (wDataType != TYPE_OBJECT)
     printf ("Error: item '%s' not TYPE_OBJECT.\n", FILTER_LEFTTODO_ITEM);

    *pObject = 

    tempPtr = pObject;

    ODSReadMemory( &tempPtr, _OBJECT_DESCRIPTOR, &tempObject, 1 );

    if (tempObject.ObjectType != OBJECT_FILTER_LEFTTODO)
     printf ("Error: object '%s' unknown type.\n",

    error = NSFDbReadObject(hDb, tempObject.RRV, 0, MAXDWORD, phLeftToDo);
    if (error)
     printf ("Error: unable to read object '%s'.\n", FILTER_LEFTTODO_ITEM);
     return (error);

    ptable = OSLock(void, *phLeftToDo);
    *ptdLeftToDoTime = IDTableTime(ptable);
    *pwLeftToDoFlags = IDTableFlags(ptable);
    OSUnlock(*phLeftToDo);  /* unlock handle we are done with */

    return NOERROR;
See Also : NSFItemAppendObject OBJECT_DESCRIPTOR NSFDbAllocObject NSFDbReallocObject NSFDbFreeObject NSFDbGetObjectSize NSFDbWriteObject