PerformanceCounter.Decrement PerformanceCounter.Decrement PerformanceCounter.Decrement PerformanceCounter.Decrement Method

Definition

Decrements the associated performance counter by one through an efficient atomic operation.

public:
 long Decrement();
public long Decrement ();
member this.Decrement : unit -> int64
Public Function Decrement () As Long

Returns

The decremented counter value.

Exceptions

The counter is read-only, so the application cannot decrement it.

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The instance is not correctly associated with a performance counter.

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The InstanceLifetime property is set to Process when using global shared memory.

An error occurred when accessing a system API.

Remarks

You can write only to custom counters. All system counters are read-only.

Note

The Increment, IncrementBy, and Decrement methods use interlocks to update the counter value. This helps keep the counter value accurate in multithreaded or multiprocess scenarios, but also results in a performance penalty. If you do not need the accuracy that interlocked operations provide, you can update the RawValue property directly for up to a 5 times performance improvement. However, in multithreaded scenarios, some updates to the counter value might be ignored, resulting in inaccurate data.

Note

If the value for the InstanceLifetime property is Process and the performance counter category was created with .NET Framework version 1.0 or 1.1, an InvalidOperationException is thrown. Performance counter categories created with earlier versions use global shared memory, and the value for InstanceLifetime must be Global. If the category is not used by applications running on versions 1.0 or 1.1 of the .NET Framework, delete and recreate the category.

Security

PerformanceCounterPermission
for writing the performance counter category if the ReadOnly property is false. Associated enumeration: Write.

Applies to