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UnmanagedMemoryStream.ReadByte Method

Reads a byte from a stream and advances the position within the stream by one byte, or returns -1 if at the end of the stream.

This method is not CLS-compliant.  

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

public override int ReadByte ()
public int ReadByte ()
public override function ReadByte () : int
Not applicable.

Return Value

The unsigned byte cast to an Int32 object, or -1 if at the end of the stream.

Exception typeCondition

ObjectDisposedException

The stream is closed.

NotSupportedException

The underlying memory does not support reading.

- or -

The current position is at the end of the stream.

Use this method to return integer values from the stream.

The following code example demonstrates how to read from and write to unmanaged memory using the UnmanagedMemoryStream class. A block of unmanaged memory is allocated and de-allocated using the Marshal class. In this example, an UnmanagedMemoryStream object is passed to a method which checks the CanRead property before attempting to read and display the contents to the console.

// Note: You must compile this sample using the unsafe flag.
// From the command line, type the following: csc sample.cs /unsafe
using System;
using System.IO;
using System.Runtime.InteropServices;
using System.Text;

unsafe class Program
{
    static void Main()
    {
        // Create some data to write.
        byte[] text = UnicodeEncoding.Unicode.GetBytes("Data to write.");

        // Allocate a block of unmanaged memory.
        IntPtr memIntPtr = Marshal.AllocHGlobal(text.Length);

        // Get a byte pointer from the unmanaged memory block.
        byte* memBytePtr = (byte*)memIntPtr.ToPointer();

        UnmanagedMemoryStream writeStream =
            new UnmanagedMemoryStream(
            memBytePtr, text.Length, text.Length, FileAccess.Write);

        // Write the data.
        WriteToStream(writeStream, text);

        // Close the stream.
        writeStream.Close();

        // Create another UnmanagedMemoryStream for reading.
        UnmanagedMemoryStream readStream =
            new UnmanagedMemoryStream(memBytePtr, text.Length);

        // Display the contents of the stream to the console.
        PrintStream(readStream);

        // Close the reading stream.
        readStream.Close();

        // Free up the unmanaged memory.
        Marshal.FreeHGlobal(memIntPtr);

    }

    public static void WriteToStream(UnmanagedMemoryStream writeStream, byte[] text)
    {
        // Verify that the stream is writable:
        // By default, UnmanagedMemoryStream objects do not have write access,
        // write access must be set explicitly.
        if (writeStream.CanWrite)
        {
            // Write the data, byte by byte
            for (int i = 0; i < writeStream.Length; i++)
            {
                writeStream.WriteByte(text[i]);
            }
        }
    }

    public static void PrintStream(UnmanagedMemoryStream readStream)
    {
        byte[] text = new byte[readStream.Length];
        // Verify that the stream is writable:
        // By default, UnmanagedMemoryStream objects do not have write access,
        // write access must be set explicitly.
        if (readStream.CanRead)
        {
            // Write the data, byte by byte
            for (int i = 0; i < readStream.Length; i++)
            {
                text[i] = (byte)readStream.ReadByte();
            }
        }

        Console.WriteLine(UnicodeEncoding.Unicode.GetString(text));
    }
}

Windows 98, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, 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

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