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NotifyFilters Enumeration

Specifies changes to watch for in a file or folder.

This enumeration has a FlagsAttribute attribute that allows a bitwise combination of its member values.

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

'Declaration
<FlagsAttribute> _
Public Enumeration NotifyFilters
'Usage
Dim instance As NotifyFilters

/** @attribute FlagsAttribute() */ 
public enum NotifyFilters
FlagsAttribute 
public enum NotifyFilters

 Member nameDescription
AttributesThe attributes of the file or folder. 
CreationTimeThe time the file or folder was created. 
DirectoryNameThe name of the directory. 
FileNameThe name of the file. 
LastAccessThe date the file or folder was last opened. 
LastWriteThe date the file or folder last had anything written to it. 
SecurityThe security settings of the file or folder. 
SizeThe size of the file or folder. 

You can combine the members of this enumeration to watch for more than one kind of change. For example, you can watch for changes in the size of a file or folder, and for changes in security settings. This raises an event anytime there is a change in size or security settings of a file or folder.

The following example creates a FileSystemWatcher to watch the directory that is specified at runtime. The component is set to watch for any changes in LastWrite and LastAccess time, the creation, deletion, or renaming of text files in the directory. If a file is changed, created, or deleted, the path to the file prints to the console. When a file is renamed, the old and new paths print to the console.

Use the System.Diagnostics and System.IO namespaces for this example.

Public Class Watcher
    
    Public Shared Sub Main()
	
         Run()
  
    End Sub

    <PermissionSet(SecurityAction.Demand, Name:="FullTrust")> _
    Private Shared Sub Run

      Dim args() As String = System.Environment.GetCommandLineArgs()
        ' If a directory is not specified, exit the program.
        If args.Length <> 2 Then
            ' Display the proper way to call the program.
            Console.WriteLine("Usage: Watcher.exe (directory)")
            Return
        End If
        
        ' Create a new FileSystemWatcher and set its properties.
        Dim watcher As New FileSystemWatcher()
        watcher.Path = args(1)
        ' Watch for changes in LastAccess and LastWrite times, and
        ' the renaming of files or directories. 
        watcher.NotifyFilter = (NotifyFilters.LastAccess Or NotifyFilters.LastWrite Or NotifyFilters.FileName Or NotifyFilters.DirectoryName)
        ' Only watch text files.
        watcher.Filter = "*.txt"
        
        ' Add event handlers.
        AddHandler watcher.Changed, AddressOf OnChanged
        AddHandler watcher.Created, AddressOf OnChanged
        AddHandler watcher.Deleted, AddressOf OnChanged
        AddHandler watcher.Renamed, AddressOf OnRenamed
        
        ' Begin watching.
        watcher.EnableRaisingEvents = True
        
        ' Wait for the user to quit the program.
        Console.WriteLine("Press 'q' to quit the sample.")
        While Chr(Console.Read()) <> "q"c
        End While
    End Sub
     
    ' Define the event handlers.
    Private Shared Sub OnChanged(source As Object, e As FileSystemEventArgs)
        ' Specify what is done when a file is changed, created, or deleted.
        Console.WriteLine("File: " & e.FullPath & " " & e.ChangeType)
    End Sub    
    
    Private Shared Sub OnRenamed(source As Object, e As RenamedEventArgs)
        ' Specify what is done when a file is renamed.
        Console.WriteLine("File: {0} renamed to {1}", e.OldFullPath, e.FullPath)
    End Sub
    
End Class


public class Watcher
{
    public static void main(String[] args1)
    {
	Run();
    } 

    /** @attribute PermissionSet(SecurityAction.Demand, Name="FullTrust")
     */
    public static void Run()
    {
        String args[] = System.Environment.GetCommandLineArgs();

        // If a directory is not specified, exit program.
        if (args.length != 2) {

            // Display the proper way to call the program.
            Console.WriteLine("Usage: Watcher.exe (directory)");
            return;
        }

        // Create a new FileSystemWatcher and set its properties.
        FileSystemWatcher watcher = new FileSystemWatcher();
        watcher.set_Path(args[1]);

        /* Watch for changes in LastAccess and LastWrite times, and 
           the renaming of files or directories.
         */
        watcher.set_NotifyFilter
            (NotifyFilters.LastAccess |NotifyFilters.LastWrite |
            NotifyFilters.FileName | NotifyFilters.DirectoryName);

        // Only watch text files.
        watcher.set_Filter("*.txt");

        // Add event handlers.
        watcher.add_Changed(new FileSystemEventHandler(OnChanged));
        watcher.add_Created(new FileSystemEventHandler(OnChanged));
        watcher.add_Deleted(new FileSystemEventHandler(OnChanged));
        watcher.add_Renamed(new RenamedEventHandler(OnRenamed));

        // Begin watching.
        watcher.set_EnableRaisingEvents(true);

        // Wait for the user to quit the program.
        Console.WriteLine("Press \'q\' to quit the sample.");
        while ((Console.Read() != 'q')) {

        }
    }

    // Define the event handlers.
    private static void OnChanged(Object source,FileSystemEventArgs e)
    {
        // Specify what is done when a file is changed, created, or deleted.
        Console.WriteLine(("File: " + e.get_FullPath() + " " 
            + e.get_ChangeType()));
    } //OnChanged

    private static void OnRenamed(Object source, RenamedEventArgs e)
    {
        // Specify what is done when a file is renamed.
        Console.WriteLine("File: {0} renamed to {1}",
            e.get_OldFullPath(),e.get_FullPath());
    } //OnRenamed
} //Watcher

Windows 98, 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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