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DirectoryInfo.GetAccessControl Method (AccessControlSections)


Gets a DirectorySecurity object that encapsulates the specified type of access control list (ACL) entries for the directory described by the current DirectoryInfo object.

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

public DirectorySecurity GetAccessControl(
	AccessControlSections includeSections


Type: System.Security.AccessControl.AccessControlSections

One of the AccessControlSections values that specifies the type of access control list (ACL) information to receive.

Return Value

Type: System.Security.AccessControl.DirectorySecurity

A DirectorySecurity object that encapsulates the access control rules for the file described by the path parameter.


Exception type



The directory could not be found or modified.


The current process does not have access to open the directory.


An I/O error occurred while opening the directory.


The current operating system is not Microsoft Windows 2000 or later.


The directory is read-only.


This operation is not supported on the current platform.


The caller does not have the required permission.

Use the GetAccessControl method to retrieve the access control list (ACL) entries for the current file.

An ACL describes individuals and/or groups who have, or do not have, rights to specific actions on the given file or directory. For more information, see How to: Add or Remove Access Control List Entries.


for permission to enumerate an access control list (ACL) for a directory. Security action: Demand. Associated enumerations: FileIOPermissionAccess.NoAccess, AccessControlActions.View

.NET Framework
Available since 2.0
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