I have a problem trying to figure out why this is truncating the message at
128 bytes. If I use NET SEND <USER> Message at the command prompt, I can
have a message greater than 128 Bytes. I can also do the same with
NetMessageBufferSend, but the problem is that it is only availible on a
WinNT machine. What are these Network functions doing that make this

I am trying to use a platform independant solution of the
\\MachineName\Mailslot\messngr which will send a message to the MachineName.
This works fine until the message exceeds 128 bytes. The following code
duplicates the problem.

Thanks in advance,
Wade Balzer

Option Explicit

Private Const OPEN_EXISTING = 3
Private Const GENERIC_WRITE = &H40000000
Private Const FILE_SHARE_READ = &H1

Private Declare Function CreateFile Lib "kernel32" Alias "CreateFileA" ( _
ByVal lpFileName As String, _
ByVal dwDesiredAccess As Long, _
ByVal dwShareMode As Long, _
ByVal lpSecurityAttributes As Long, _
ByVal dwCreationDisposition As Long, _
ByVal dwFlagsAndAttributes As Long, _
ByVal hTemplateFile As Long) As Long

Private Declare Function WriteFile Lib "kernel32" ( _
ByVal hFile As Long, _
ByVal lpBuffer As Any, _
ByVal nNumberOfBytesToWrite As Long, _
lpNumberOfBytesWritten As Long, _
ByVal lpOverlapped As Long) As Long

Private Declare Function CloseHandle Lib "kernel32" ( _
ByVal hObject As Long) As Long

Public Sub Main()
Dim FromWho$, ToMachineName$, MailSlot$, msHnd&, msgtxt$, msg$, rc&,

FromWho = "MyName"
ToMachineName = "DEV01" 'Name of the Computer
MailSlot = "\\" & ToMachineName & "\Mailslot\messngr"

msg = "This is some very long message that is over 128 bytes long. " &
vbCrLf & _
"If this message were any shorter I could not send all the
information " & vbCrLf & _
"that I need to to the user at the Machine that I am trying to send
this " & vbCrLf & _
"message to. I hope someone can help me fix this problem."

Debug.Print "Message is " & Len(msg) & " characters long."

msgtxt = FromWho & Chr(0) & ToMachineName & Chr(0) & msg & Chr(0)

msHnd = CreateFile(MailSlot, _
0, _

If msHnd = -1 Then
MsgBox "Error creating mailslot"
Exit Sub
End If

rc = WriteFile(msHnd, msgtxt, Len(msgtxt), byteswritten, 0)

If rc = 0 Then
MsgBox "Problem writing to mailslot"
End If

rc = CloseHandle(msHnd)
msHnd = 0

End Sub