File.GetLastWriteTime Method (String)

 
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Returns the date and time the specified file or directory was last written to.

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

Public Shared Function GetLastWriteTime (
	path As String
) As Date

Parameters

path
Type: System.String

The file or directory for which to obtain write date and time information.

Return Value

Type: System.DateTime

A DateTime structure set to the date and time that the specified file or directory was last written to. This value is expressed in local time.

Exception Condition
UnauthorizedAccessException

The caller does not have the required permission.

ArgumentException

path is a zero-length string, contains only white space, or contains one or more invalid characters as defined by InvalidPathChars.

ArgumentNullException

path is null.

PathTooLongException

The specified path, file name, or both exceed the system-defined maximum length. For example, on Windows-based platforms, paths must be less than 248 characters, and file names must be less than 260 characters.

NotSupportedException

path is in an invalid format.

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This method may return an inaccurate value, because it uses native functions whose values may not be continuously updated by the operating system. Each operating system manages the last write time according to its own rules. To improve performance, an operating system might not set the last write time value to the exact time of the last write operation, but might set it to a close approximation instead.

If the file described in the path parameter does not exist, this method returns 12:00 midnight, January 1, 1601 A.D. (C.E.) Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), adjusted to local time.

The path parameter is permitted to specify relative or absolute path information. Relative path information is interpreted as relative to the current working directory. To obtain the current working directory, see GetCurrentDirectory.

For a list of common I/O tasks, see Common I-O Tasks.

The following example demonstrates GetLastWriteTime.

Imports System
Imports System.IO
Imports System.Text

Public Class Test
    Public Shared Sub Main()
        Try
            Dim path As String = "c:\Temp\MyTest.txt"
            If File.Exists(path) = False Then
                File.Create(path)
            Else
                ' Take some action that will affect the write time.
                File.SetLastWriteTime(path, New DateTime(1985, 4, 3))
            End If

            'Get the creation time of a well-known directory.
            Dim dt As DateTime = File.GetLastWriteTime(path)
            Console.WriteLine("The last write time for this file was {0}.", dt)

            'Update the last write time.
            File.SetLastWriteTime(path, DateTime.Now)
            dt = File.GetLastWriteTime(path)
            Console.WriteLine("The last write time for this file was {0}.", dt)

        Catch e As Exception
            Console.WriteLine("The process failed: {0}", e.ToString())
        End Try
    End Sub
End Class

FileIOPermission

for reading from the specified file. Associated enumeration: FileIOPermissionAccess.Read

Universal Windows Platform
Available since 10
.NET Framework
Available since 1.1
Silverlight
Available since 2.0
Windows Phone Silverlight
Available since 7.0
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