EventWatcherOptions.BlockSize Property


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Gets or sets the block size for block operations. When waiting for events, this value specifies how many events to wait for before returning.

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

public int BlockSize { get; set; }

Property Value

Type: System.Int32

Returns an Int32 value indicating the block size for a block of operations.

The default value is 1.

Full trust for the immediate caller. This member cannot be used by partially trusted code. For more information, see Using Libraries from Partially Trusted Code.

The following example shows how the client receives notification when an instance of Win32_Process is created because the event class is __InstanceCreationEvent. For more information, see the Windows Management Instrumentation documentation in the MSDN Library at http://msdn.microsoft.com/library. The client receives events synchronously by calling the WaitForNextEvent method. This example can be tested by starting a process, such as Notepad, while the example code is running.

using System;
using System.Management;

// This example shows synchronous consumption of events. 
// The client is blocked while waiting for events. 

public class EventWatcherPolling 
    public static int Main(string[] args) 
        // Create event query to be notified within 1 second of 
        // a change in a service
        string query = "SELECT * FROM" +
            " __InstanceCreationEvent WITHIN 1 " + 
            "WHERE TargetInstance isa \"Win32_Process\"";

        // Event options
        EventWatcherOptions eventOptions = new
        eventOptions.Timeout = System.TimeSpan.MaxValue;
        // return after 1 event is received
        eventOptions.BlockSize = 1;

        // Initialize an event watcher and subscribe to events 
        // that match this query
        ManagementEventWatcher watcher =
            new ManagementEventWatcher("root\\CIMV2", query,

        // Block until the next event occurs 
        // Note: this can be done in a loop if waiting for 
        //        more than one occurrence
            "Open an application (notepad.exe) to trigger an event.");
        ManagementBaseObject e = watcher.WaitForNextEvent();

        //Display information from the event
            "Process {0} has been created, path is: {1}", 

        //Cancel the subscription
        return 0;

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