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Stream.SetLength Method

When overridden in a derived class, sets the length of the current stream.

Namespace:  System.IO
Assembly:  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)
public abstract void SetLength(
	long value
)

Parameters

value
Type: System.Int64

The desired length of the current stream in bytes.

ExceptionCondition
IOException

An I/O error occurs.

NotSupportedException

The stream does not support both writing and seeking, such as if the stream is constructed from a pipe or console output.

ObjectDisposedException

Methods were called after the stream was closed.

For an example of creating a file and writing text to a file, see How to: Write Text to a File. For an example of reading text from a file, see How to: Read Text from a File. For an example of reading from and writing to a binary file, see How to: Read and Write to a Newly Created Data File.

If the specified value is less than the current length of the stream, the stream is truncated. If the specified value is larger than the current length of the stream, the stream is expanded. If the stream is expanded, the contents of the stream between the old and the new length are not defined.

A stream must support both writing and seeking for SetLength to work.

Use the CanWrite property to determine whether the current instance supports writing, and the CanSeek property to determine whether seeking is supported.

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP Starter Edition, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 98, Windows CE, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Xbox 360, Zune

The .NET Framework and .NET Compact Framework do not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 2.0, 1.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.0
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