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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.");
}

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.6, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

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