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StreamReader.Peek Method

Returns the next available character but does not consume it.

[Visual Basic]
Overrides Public Function Peek() As Integer
[C#]
public override int Peek();
[C++]
public: int Peek();
[JScript]
public override function Peek() : int;

Return Value

The next character to be read, or -1 if no more characters are available or the stream does not support seeking.

Exceptions

Exception Type Condition
IOException An I/O error occurs.

Remarks

This method overrides Peek.

The current position of the StreamReader is not changed by Peek. The returned value is -1 if no more characters are currently available.

For an example of using this method, see the Example section below. The following table lists examples of other typical or related I/O tasks.

To do this... See the example in this topic...
Create a text file. Writing Text to a File
Write to a text file. Writing Text to a File
Read from a text file. Reading Text from a File
Append text to a file. Opening and Appending to a Log File

File.AppendText

FileInfo.AppendText

Get the size of a file. FileInfo.Length
Get the attributes of a file. File.GetAttributes
Set the attributes of a file. File.SetAttributes
Determine if a file exists. File.Exists
Read from a binary file. Reading and Writing to a Newly Created Data File
Write to a binary file. Reading and Writing to a Newly Created Data File

Example

[Visual Basic, C#, C++] The following example reads lines from a file until the end of the file is reached.

[Visual Basic] 
Imports System
Imports System.IO
Imports System.Text

Public Class Test

    Public Shared Sub Main()
        Dim path As String = "c:\temp\MyTest.txt"

        Try
            If File.Exists(path) Then
                File.Delete(path)
            End If

            Dim sw As StreamWriter = New StreamWriter(path)
            sw.WriteLine("This")
            sw.WriteLine("is some text")
            sw.WriteLine("to test")
            sw.WriteLine("Reading")
            sw.Close()

            Dim sr As StreamReader = New StreamReader(path)

            Do While sr.Peek() >= 0
                Console.WriteLine(sr.ReadLine())
            Loop
            sr.Close()
        Catch e As Exception
            Console.WriteLine("The process failed: {0}", e.ToString())
        End Try
    End Sub
End Class

[C#] 
using System;
using System.IO;

class Test 
{
    
    public static void Main() 
    {
        string path = @"c:\temp\MyTest.txt";

        try 
        {
            if (File.Exists(path)) 
            {
                File.Delete(path);
            }

            using (StreamWriter sw = new StreamWriter(path)) 
            {
                sw.WriteLine("This");
                sw.WriteLine("is some text");
                sw.WriteLine("to test");
                sw.WriteLine("Reading");
            }

            using (StreamReader sr = new StreamReader(path)) 
            {

                while (sr.Peek() >= 0) 
                {
                    Console.WriteLine(sr.ReadLine());
                }
            }
        } 
        catch (Exception e) 
        {
            Console.WriteLine("The process failed: {0}", e.ToString());
        }
    }
}

[C++] 
#using <mscorlib.dll>

using namespace System;
using namespace System::IO;

int main() {
    String* path = S"c:\\temp\\MyTest.txt";

    try {
        if (File::Exists(path)) {
            File::Delete(path);
        }

        StreamWriter* sw = new StreamWriter(path);
        try {
            sw->WriteLine(S"This");
            sw->WriteLine(S"is some text");
            sw->WriteLine(S"to test");
            sw->WriteLine(S"Reading");

        } __finally {
            if (sw) __try_cast<IDisposable*>(sw)->Dispose();
        }

        StreamReader* sr = new StreamReader(path);
        try {
            while (sr->Peek() >= 0) {
                Console::WriteLine(sr->ReadLine());
            }
        } __finally {
            if (sr) __try_cast<IDisposable*>(sr)->Dispose();
        }
    } catch (Exception* e) {
        Console::WriteLine(S"The process failed: {0}", e);
    }
}

[JScript] No example is available for JScript. To view a Visual Basic, C#, or C++ example, click the Language Filter button Language Filter in the upper-left corner of the page.

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

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

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