FileSystemWatcher.NotifyFilter Property

 
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Gets or sets the type of changes to watch for.

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

<IODescriptionAttribute("FSW_ChangedFilter")>
Public Property NotifyFilter As NotifyFilters

Property Value

Type: System.IO.NotifyFilters

One of the NotifyFilters values. The default is the bitwise OR combination of LastWrite, FileName, and DirectoryName.

Exception Condition
ArgumentException

The value is not a valid bitwise OR combination of the NotifyFilters values.

InvalidEnumArgumentException

The value that is being set is not valid.

You can combine the members of the NotifyFilters enumeration to watch for more than one type of change at a time. For example, you can watch for changes in size of a file, and for changes in the LastWrite time. This raises an event anytime there is a change in file or folder size, or a change in the LastWrite time of the file or folder.

This is one way to filter out unwanted notifications. For more information on filtering out unwanted notifications, see the Filter, IncludeSubdirectories, and InternalBufferSize properties.

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.

Imports System
Imports System.IO
Imports Microsoft.VisualBasic
Imports System.Security.Permissions

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

.NET Framework
Available since 1.1
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