PdhParseInstanceNameA function

Parses the elements of an instance string.

Syntax

PDH_FUNCTION PdhParseInstanceNameA(
  LPCSTR  szInstanceString,
  LPSTR   szInstanceName,
  LPDWORD pcchInstanceNameLength,
  LPSTR   szParentName,
  LPDWORD pcchParentNameLength,
  LPDWORD lpIndex
);

Parameters

szInstanceString

Null-terminated string that specifies the instance string to parse into individual components. This string can contain the following formats, and is less than MAX_PATH characters in length:

  • instance
  • instance#index
  • parent/instance
  • parent/instance#index

szInstanceName

Caller-allocated buffer that receives the null-terminated instance name. Set to NULL if pcchInstanceNameLength is zero.

pcchInstanceNameLength

Size of the szInstanceName 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.

szParentName

Caller-allocated buffer that receives the null-terminated name of the parent instance, if one is specified. Set to NULL if pcchParentNameLength is zero.

pcchParentNameLength

Size of the szParentName 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.

lpIndex

Index value of the instance. If an index entry is not present in the string, then this value is zero. This parameter can be NULL.

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 code Description
PDH_INVALID_ARGUMENT
A parameter is not valid. 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.
PDH_MORE_DATA
One or both of the string buffers are too small to contain the data. This return value is expected if the corresponding size buffer 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_INSTANCE
The instance string is incorrectly formatted, exceeds MAX_PATH characters in length, or cannot be parsed.

Remarks

You should call this function twice, the first time to get the required buffer size (set the buffers to NULL and buffer sizes 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]
Target Platform Windows
Header pdh.h
Library Pdh.lib
DLL Pdh.dll

See also

PdhMakeCounterPath