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Stream.Flush Method

When overridden in a derived class, clears all buffers for this stream and causes any buffered data to be written to the underlying device.

[Visual Basic]
Public MustOverride Sub Flush()
[C#]
public abstract void Flush();
[C++]
public: virtual void Flush() = 0;
[JScript]
public abstract function Flush();

Exceptions

Exception Type Condition
IOException An I/O error occurs.

Remarks

For an example of creating a file and writing text to a file, see Writing Text to a File. For an example of reading text from a file, see Reading Text from a File. For an example of reading from and writing to a binary file, see Reading and Writing to a Newly Created Data File.

Override Flush on streams that implement a buffer. Use this method to move any information from an underlying buffer to its destination, clear the buffer, or both. Depending upon the state of the object, you might have to modify the current position within the stream (for example, if the underlying stream supports seeking). For additional information see CanSeek.

Flushing the stream will not flush its underlying encoder unless you explicitly call an implementation of Flush or Close. Setting AutoFlush to true means that data will be flushed from the buffer to the stream, but the encoder state will not be flushed. This allows the encoder to keep its state (partial characters) so that it can encode the next block of characters correctly. This scenario affects UTF8 and UTF7 where certain characters can only be encoded after the encoder receives the adjacent character or characters.

Requirements

Platforms: Windows 98, Windows NT 4.0, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 2000, Windows XP Home Edition, Windows XP Professional, Windows Server 2003 family, .NET Compact Framework, Common Language Infrastructure (CLI) Standard

See Also

Stream Class | Stream Members | System.IO Namespace | Working with I/O | Reading Text from a File | Writing Text to a File

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