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EventLog.EventLog() Constructor

Initializes a new instance of the EventLog class. Does not associate the instance with any log.

Namespace: System.Diagnostics
Assembly: System (in system.dll)

public EventLog ()
public EventLog ()
public function EventLog ()
Not applicable.

Before calling WriteEntry, specify the Source property of the EventLog instance. If you are only reading Entries from the log, you can alternatively specify only the Log and MachineName properties.

NoteNote:

If you do not specify a MachineName, the local computer (".") is assumed.

The following table shows initial property values for an instance of EventLog.

Property

Initial Value

Source

An empty string ("").

Log

An empty string ("").

MachineName

The local computer (".").

The following example creates the source MySource if it does not already exist, and writes an entry to the event log MyNewLog.

using System;
using System.Diagnostics;
using System.Threading;
              
class MySample{

    public static void Main(){
    
        // Create the source, if it does not already exist.
        if(!EventLog.SourceExists("MySource"))
        {
             //An event log source should not be created and immediately used.
             //There is a latency time to enable the source, it should be created
             //prior to executing the application that uses the source.
             //Execute this sample a second time to use the new source.
            EventLog.CreateEventSource("MySource", "MyNewLog");
            Console.WriteLine("CreatedEventSource");
            Console.WriteLine("Exiting, execute the application a second time to use the source.");
            // The source is created.  Exit the application to allow it to be registered.
            return;
        }
                
        // Create an EventLog instance and assign its source.
        EventLog myLog = new EventLog();
        myLog.Source = "MySource";
        
        // Write an informational entry to the event log.    
        myLog.WriteEntry("Writing to event log.");
        
    }
}
   

import System.*;
import System.Diagnostics.*;
import System.Threading.*;

class MySample
{
    public static void main(String[] args)
    {
        // Create the source, if it does not already exist.
        if (!(EventLog.SourceExists("MySource"))) 
        {
            //An event log source should not be created and immediately used.
            //There is a latency time to enable the source, it should be created
            //prior to executing the application that uses the source.
            //Execute this sample a second time to use the new source.
            EventLog.CreateEventSource("MySource", "MyNewLog");
            Console.WriteLine("CreatingEventSource");
            // The source is created.  Exit the application to allow it to be registered.
            return;
        }

        // Create an EventLog instance and assign its source.
        EventLog myLog = new EventLog();
        myLog.set_Source("MySource");

        // Write an informational entry to the event log.    
        myLog.WriteEntry("Writing to event log.");
    } //main 
} //MySample

Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Starter Edition

The Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 is supported on Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows XP SP2, and Windows Server 2003 SP1.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

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