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Directory.GetFileSystemEntries Method (String, String)

Returns an array of file system entries matching the specified search criteria.

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

public static string[] GetFileSystemEntries (
	string path,
	string searchPattern
)
public static String[] GetFileSystemEntries (
	String path, 
	String searchPattern
)
public static function GetFileSystemEntries (
	path : String, 
	searchPattern : String
) : String[]

Parameters

path

The path to be searched.

searchPattern

The search string to match against the names of files in path. The searchPattern parameter cannot end in two periods ("..") or contain two periods ("..") followed by DirectorySeparatorChar or AltDirectorySeparatorChar, nor can it contain any of the characters in InvalidPathChars.

Return Value

A String array of file system entries matching the search criteria.

Exception typeCondition

UnauthorizedAccessException

The caller does not have the required permission.

ArgumentException

path is a zero-length string, contains only white space, or contains one or more invalid characters as defined by InvalidPathChars.

-or-

searchPattern does not contain a valid pattern.

ArgumentNullException

path or searchPattern is a null reference (Nothing in Visual Basic).

PathTooLongException

The specified path, file name, or both exceed the system-defined maximum length. For example, on Windows-based platforms, paths must be less than 248 characters and file names must be less than 260 characters.

IOException

path is a file name.

DirectoryNotFoundException

The specified path is invalid (for example, it is on an unmapped drive).

The following wildcard specifiers are permitted in searchPattern.

Wildcard character

Description

*

Zero or more characters.

?

Exactly one character.

Characters other than the wildcard specifiers represent themselves. For example, the searchPattern string "*t" searches for all names in path ending with the letter "t". The searchPattern string "s*" searches for all names in path beginning with the letter "s".

The matching behavior of searchPattern when the extension is exactly three characters long is different from when the extension is more than three characters long. A searchPattern of exactly three characters returns files having an extension of three or more characters. A searchPattern of one, two, or more than three characters returns only files having extensions of exactly that length.

The following list shows the behavior of different lengths for the searchPattern parameter:

  • "*.abc" returns files having an extension of.abc,.abcd,.abcde,.abcdef, and so on.

  • "*.abcd" returns only files having an extension of.abcd.

  • "*.abcde" returns only files having an extension of.abcde.

  • "*.abcdef" returns only files having an extension of.abcdef.

The path parameter is permitted to specify relative or absolute path information. Relative path information is interpreted as relative to the current working directory. To obtain the current working directory, see GetCurrentDirectory.

The path parameter is not case-sensitive.

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

Rename or move a directory.

Directory.Move

DirectoryInfo.MoveTo

Rename or move a file.

File.Move

FileInfo.MoveTo

Delete a file.

File.Delete

FileInfo.Delete

Delete a directory.

Directory.Delete

DirectoryInfo.Delete

Create a directory.

CreateDirectory

Directory

Create a subdirectory.

CreateSubdirectory

See the files in a directory.

Name

See the subdirectories of a directory.

GetDirectories

GetDirectories

See all the files in all subdirectories of a directory.

GetFileSystemInfos

Find the size of a directory.

Directory

Determine if a file exists.

Exists

Determine if a directory exists.

Exists

Sort files in a directory by size.

GetFileSystemInfos

Set file attributes.

SetAttributes

Get file attributes.

GetAttributes

using System;

namespace GetFileSystemEntries
{
    class Class1 
    {
        static void Main(string[] args) 
        {
            Class1 snippets = new Class1();

            string path = System.IO.Directory.GetCurrentDirectory();
            string filter = "*.exe";

            snippets.PrintFileSystemEntries(path);
            snippets.PrintFileSystemEntries(path, filter);		
            snippets.GetLogicalDrives();
            snippets.GetParent(path);
            snippets.Move("C:\\proof", "C:\\Temp");
        }

		
        void PrintFileSystemEntries(string path) 
        {
			
            try 
            {
                // Obtain the file system entries in the directory path.
                string[] directoryEntries =
                    System.IO.Directory.GetFileSystemEntries(path); 

                foreach (string str in directoryEntries) 
                {
                    System.Console.WriteLine(str);
                }
            }
            catch (ArgumentNullException) 
            {
                System.Console.WriteLine("Path is a null reference.");
            }
            catch (System.Security.SecurityException) 
            {
                System.Console.WriteLine("The caller does not have the " +
                    "required permission.");
            }
            catch (ArgumentException) 
            {
                System.Console.WriteLine("Path is an empty string, " +
                    "contains only white spaces, " + 
                    "or contains invalid characters.");
            }
            catch (System.IO.DirectoryNotFoundException) 
            {
                System.Console.WriteLine("The path encapsulated in the " + 
                    "Directory object does not exist.");
            }
        }
        void PrintFileSystemEntries(string path, string pattern) 
        {
            try 
            {
                // Obtain the file system entries in the directory
                // path that match the pattern.
                string[] directoryEntries =
                    System.IO.Directory.GetFileSystemEntries(path, pattern); 

                foreach (string str in directoryEntries) 
                {
                    System.Console.WriteLine(str);
                }
            }
            catch (ArgumentNullException) 
            {
                System.Console.WriteLine("Path is a null reference.");
            }
            catch (System.Security.SecurityException) 
            {
                System.Console.WriteLine("The caller does not have the " +
                    "required permission.");
            }
            catch (ArgumentException) 
            {
                System.Console.WriteLine("Path is an empty string, " +
                    "contains only white spaces, " + 
                    "or contains invalid characters.");
            }
            catch (System.IO.DirectoryNotFoundException) 
            {
                System.Console.WriteLine("The path encapsulated in the " + 
                    "Directory object does not exist.");
            }
        }

        // Print out all logical drives on the system.
        void GetLogicalDrives() 
        {
            try 
            {
                string[] drives = System.IO.Directory.GetLogicalDrives();

                foreach (string str in drives) 
                {
                    System.Console.WriteLine(str);
                }
            }
            catch (System.IO.IOException) 
            {
                System.Console.WriteLine("An I/O error occurs.");
            }
            catch (System.Security.SecurityException) 
            {
                System.Console.WriteLine("The caller does not have the " +
                    "required permission.");
            }
        }
        void GetParent(string path) 
        {
            try 
            {
                System.IO.DirectoryInfo directoryInfo =
                    System.IO.Directory.GetParent(path);

                System.Console.WriteLine(directoryInfo.FullName);
            }
            catch (ArgumentNullException) 
            {
                System.Console.WriteLine("Path is a null reference.");
            }
            catch (ArgumentException) 
            {
                System.Console.WriteLine("Path is an empty string, " +
                    "contains only white spaces, or " +
                    "contains invalid characters.");
            }
        }
        void Move(string sourcePath, string destinationPath) 
        {
            try 
            {
                System.IO.Directory.Move(sourcePath, destinationPath);
                System.Console.WriteLine("The directory move is complete.");
            }
            catch (ArgumentNullException) 
            {
                System.Console.WriteLine("Path is a null reference.");
            }
            catch (System.Security.SecurityException) 
            {
                System.Console.WriteLine("The caller does not have the " +
                    "required permission.");
            }
            catch (ArgumentException) 
            {
                System.Console.WriteLine("Path is an empty string, " +
                    "contains only white spaces, " + 
                    "or contains invalid characters.");	
            }
            catch (System.IO.IOException) 
            {
                System.Console.WriteLine("An attempt was made to move a " +
                    "directory to a different " +
                    "volume, or destDirName " +
                    "already exists."); 
            }
        }
    }
}

package GetFileSystemEntries ;
import System.*;

class Class1
{
    public static void main(String[] args)
    {
        Class1 snippets = new Class1();

        String path = System.IO.Directory.GetCurrentDirectory();
        String filter = "*.exe";

        snippets.PrintFileSystemEntries(path);
        snippets.PrintFileSystemEntries(path, filter);
        snippets.GetLogicalDrives();
        snippets.GetParent(path);
        snippets.Move("C:\\proof", "C:\\Temp");
    } //main

    void PrintFileSystemEntries(String path)
    {
        try {
            // Obtain the file system entries in the directory path.
            String directoryEntries[] = 
                System.IO.Directory.GetFileSystemEntries(path);

            for (int iCtr = 0; iCtr < directoryEntries.length; iCtr++) {
                String str = directoryEntries[iCtr];
                System.Console.WriteLine(str);
            }
        }
        catch (ArgumentNullException exp) {
            System.Console.WriteLine("Path is a null reference.");
        }
        catch (System.Security.SecurityException exp) {
            System.Console.WriteLine(("The caller does not have the "
                + "required permission."));
        }
        catch (ArgumentException exp) {
            System.Console.WriteLine(("Path is an empty string, "
                + "contains only white spaces, "
                + "or contains invalid characters."));
        }
        catch (System.IO.DirectoryNotFoundException exp) {
            System.Console.WriteLine(("The path encapsulated in the "
                + "Directory object does not exist."));
        }
    } //PrintFileSystemEntries

    void PrintFileSystemEntries(String path, String pattern)
    {
        try {
            // Obtain the file system entries in the directory
            // path that match the pattern.
            String directoryEntries[] = 
                System.IO.Directory.GetFileSystemEntries(path, pattern);

            for (int iCtr = 0; iCtr < directoryEntries.length; iCtr++) {
                String str = directoryEntries[iCtr];
                System.Console.WriteLine(str);
            }
        }
        catch (ArgumentNullException exp) {
            System.Console.WriteLine("Path is a null reference.");
        }
        catch (System.Security.SecurityException exp) {
            System.Console.WriteLine(("The caller does not have the "
                + "required permission."));
        }
        catch (ArgumentException exp) {
            System.Console.WriteLine(("Path is an empty string, "
                + "contains only white spaces, "
                + "or contains invalid characters."));
        }
        catch (System.IO.DirectoryNotFoundException exp) {
            System.Console.WriteLine(("The path encapsulated in the "
                + "Directory object does not exist."));
        }
    } //PrintFileSystemEntries

    // Print out all logical drives on the system.
    void GetLogicalDrives()
    {
        try {
            String drives[] = System.IO.Directory.GetLogicalDrives();

            for (int iCtr = 0; iCtr < drives.length; iCtr++) {
                String str = drives[iCtr];
                System.Console.WriteLine(str);
            }
        }
        catch (System.IO.IOException exp) {
            System.Console.WriteLine("An I/O error occurs.");
        }
        catch (System.Security.SecurityException exp) {
            System.Console.WriteLine(("The caller does not have the "
                + "required permission."));
        }
    } //GetLogicalDrives

    void GetParent(String path)
    {
        try {
            System.IO.DirectoryInfo directoryInfo = 
                System.IO.Directory.GetParent(path);
            System.Console.WriteLine(directoryInfo.get_FullName());
        }
        catch (ArgumentNullException exp) {
            System.Console.WriteLine("Path is a null reference.");
        }
        catch (ArgumentException exp) {
            System.Console.WriteLine(("Path is an empty string, "
                +"contains only white spaces, or contains invalid characters."));
        }
    } //GetParent

    void Move(String sourcePath, String destinationPath)
    {
        try {
            System.IO.Directory.Move(sourcePath, destinationPath);
            System.Console.WriteLine("The directory move is complete.");
        }
        catch (ArgumentNullException exp) {
            System.Console.WriteLine("Path is a null reference.");
        }
        catch (System.Security.SecurityException exp) {
            System.Console.WriteLine(("The caller does not have the "
                + "required permission."));
        }
        catch (ArgumentException exp) {
            System.Console.WriteLine(("Path is an empty string, "
                +"contains only white spaces, or contains invalid characters."));
        }
        catch (System.IO.IOException exp) {
            System.Console.WriteLine(("An attempt was made to move a "
                + "directory to a different "
                + "volume, or destDirName "
                + "already exists."));
        }
    } //Move
} //Class1

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

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Supported in: 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

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Supported in: 2.0, 1.0

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