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FileSystemWatcher.EnableRaisingEvents Property

Gets or sets a value indicating whether the component is enabled.

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

public bool EnableRaisingEvents { get; set; }
/** @property */
public boolean get_EnableRaisingEvents ()

/** @property */
public void set_EnableRaisingEvents (boolean value)

public function get EnableRaisingEvents () : boolean

public function set EnableRaisingEvents (value : boolean)

Not applicable.

Property Value

true if the component is enabled; otherwise, false. The default is false. If you are using the component on a designer in Visual Studio 2005, the default is true.

Exception typeCondition

ObjectDisposedException

The FileSystemWatcher object has been disposed.

PlatformNotSupportedException

The current operating system is not Microsoft Windows NT or later.

FileNotFoundException

The directory specified in Path could not be found.

ArgumentException

Path has not been set or is invalid.

The component will not raise events unless you set EnableRaisingEvents to true.

NoteNote:

The component will not watch the specified directory until the Path property has been set and EnableRaisingEvents is true.

The WaitForChanged method allows event handlers to be invoked to respond to file changes even if this property is set to false.

The following example creates a FileSystemWatcher to watch the directory specified at run time. The component is set to watch for 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 static void Main()
    {
	Run();

    }

    [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.Path = args[1];
        /* Watch for changes in LastAccess and LastWrite times, and 
           the renaming of files or directories. */
        watcher.NotifyFilter = NotifyFilters.LastAccess | NotifyFilters.LastWrite 
           | NotifyFilters.FileName | NotifyFilters.DirectoryName;
        // Only watch text files.
        watcher.Filter = "*.txt";

        // Add event handlers.
        watcher.Changed += new FileSystemEventHandler(OnChanged);
        watcher.Created += new FileSystemEventHandler(OnChanged);
        watcher.Deleted += new FileSystemEventHandler(OnChanged);
        watcher.Renamed += new RenamedEventHandler(OnRenamed);

        // Begin watching.
        watcher.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.FullPath + " " + e.ChangeType);
    }

    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.OldFullPath, e.FullPath);
    }
}


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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