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StreamWriter.Null Field

Provides a StreamWriter with no backing store that can be written to, but not read from.

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

public static readonly StreamWriter Null
public static final StreamWriter Null
public static final var Null : StreamWriter

Use Null to redirect output to a StreamWriter that will not consume any operating system resources.

When the StreamWriter.Write methods are invoked on Null, the call simply returns, and no data is actually written to any backing store.

For an example of using this field, see the Example section below. The following table lists examples of other typical or related I/O tasks.

To do this...

See the example in this topic...

Create a text file.

How to: Write Text to a File

Write to a text file.

How to: Write Text to a File

Read from a text file.

How to: Read Text from a File

Append text to a file.

How to: Open and Append to a Log File

File.AppendText

FileInfo.AppendText

Get the size of a file.

FileInfo.Length

Get the attributes of a file.

File.GetAttributes

Set the attributes of a file.

File.SetAttributes

Determine if a file exists.

File.Exists

Read from a binary file.

How to: Read and Write to a Newly Created Data File

Write to a binary file.

How to: Read and Write to a Newly Created Data File

The following example demonstrates a use of the Null field.

if(sw.Equals(StreamWriter.Null)) 
{
    sw.WriteLine("The store can be written to, but not read from.");
}

if (sw.Equals(StreamWriter.Null)) {
    sw.WriteLine("The store can be written to, but not read from.");
}

Windows 98, Windows 2000 SP4, Windows CE, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Starter Edition

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see System Requirements.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 2.0, 1.0

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