EventLog.Exists Method (String)

Determines whether the log exists on the local computer.

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

public static bool Exists(
	string logName
)

Parameters

logName
Type: System.String

The name of the log to search for. Possible values include: Application, Security, System, other application-specific logs (such as those associated with Active Directory), or any custom log on the computer.

Return Value

Type: System.Boolean
true if the log exists on the local computer; otherwise, false.

ExceptionCondition
ArgumentException

The logName is null or the value is empty.

Use this method to determine if a log exists on the local computer. If you want to determine whether a source exists on the local computer, use SourceExists.

Because this method accesses the registry, you must have the appropriate registry permissions on the local computer; otherwise, the query returns false.

Because you cannot give a new log the name of an existing log on the same computer, use this method before creating a new log to determine if the specified logName already exists on the local computer. The logName parameter is not case sensitive.

Exists is a static method, so it can be called on the class itself. It is not necessary to create an instance of EventLog to call Exists.

string myLog = "myNewLog";
if (EventLog.Exists(myLog))
{
   Console.WriteLine("Log '"+myLog+"' exists.");
}
else
{
   Console.WriteLine("Log '"+myLog+"' does not exist.");
}

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

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
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