FileWebRequest.GetResponse Method ()


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Returns a response to a file system request.

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

Public Overrides Function GetResponse As WebResponse

Return Value

Type: System.Net.WebResponse

A WebResponse that contains the response from the file system resource.

Exception Condition

The request timed out.

The GetResponse method returns a WebResponse object that contains the response from the file system resource.

The GetResponse method provides synchronous access to the WebResponse. For asynchronous access, use the BeginGetResponse and EndGetResponse methods.

The following code example uses the GetResponse method to return a file system request response.

' This example shows how to use the FileWebRequest.GetResponse method 
' to read and display the contents of a file passed by the user.
' Note.  For this program to work, the folder containing the test file
' must be shared, with its permissions set to allow read access. 

Imports System
Imports System.Net
Imports System.IO

Namespace Mssc.PluggableProtocols.File

  Module M_TestGetResponse

    Class TestGetResponse
      Private Shared myFileWebResponse As FileWebResponse

      Private Shared Sub showUsage()
        Console.WriteLine(ControlChars.Lf + "Please enter file name:")
        Console.WriteLine("Usage: cs_getresponse <systemname>/<sharedfoldername>/<filename>")
      End Sub 'showUsage

      Private Shared Function makeFileRequest(ByVal fileName As String) As Boolean
        Dim requestOk As Boolean = False
          Dim myUrl As New Uri("file://" + fileName)

          ' Create a FileWebRequest object using the passed URI. 
          Dim myFileWebRequest As FileWebRequest = CType(WebRequest.Create(myUrl), FileWebRequest)

          ' Get the FileWebResponse object.
          myFileWebResponse = CType(myFileWebRequest.GetResponse(), FileWebResponse)

          requestOk = True
        Catch e As WebException
          Console.WriteLine(("WebException: " + e.Message))
        Catch e As UriFormatException
          Console.WriteLine(("UriFormatWebException: " + e.Message))
        End Try

        Return requestOk
      End Function 'makeFileRequest

      Private Shared Sub readFile()
          ' Create the file stream. 
          Dim receiveStream As Stream = myFileWebResponse.GetResponseStream()

          ' Create a reader object to read the file content.
          Dim readStream As New StreamReader(receiveStream)

          ' Create a local buffer for a temporary storage of the 
          ' read data.
          Dim readBuffer() As Char = New [Char](255) {}

          ' Read the first 256 bytes.
          Dim count As Integer = readStream.Read(readBuffer, 0, 256)

          Console.WriteLine("The file content is:")

          'Loop to read the remaining data in blocks of 256 bytes
          'and display the data on the console.
          While count > 0
            Dim str As New [String](readBuffer, 0, count)
            Console.WriteLine((str + ControlChars.Lf))
            count = readStream.Read(readBuffer, 0, 256)
          End While


          ' Release the response object resources.

        Catch e As WebException
          Console.WriteLine(("The WebException: " + e.Message))
        Catch e As UriFormatException
          Console.WriteLine(("The UriFormatException: " + e.Message))
        End Try
      End Sub 'readFile

      'Entry point which delegates to C-style main Private Function
      Public Shared Sub Main(ByVal args() As String)

        If args.Length < 1 Then
          If makeFileRequest(args(0)) = True Then
          End If
        End If
      End Sub 'Main
    End Class 'TestGetResponse

  End Module

End Namespace

.NET Framework
Available since 1.1
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