Directory.GetLastAccessTimeUtc(String) Directory.GetLastAccessTimeUtc(String) Directory.GetLastAccessTimeUtc(String) Directory.GetLastAccessTimeUtc(String) Method

Definition

Returns the date and time, in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) format, that the specified file or directory was last accessed.

public:
 static DateTime GetLastAccessTimeUtc(System::String ^ path);
public static DateTime GetLastAccessTimeUtc (string path);
static member GetLastAccessTimeUtc : string -> DateTime
Public Shared Function GetLastAccessTimeUtc (path As String) As DateTime

Parameters

path
String String String String

The file or directory for which to obtain access date and time information.

Returns

A structure that is set to the date and time the specified file or directory was last accessed. This value is expressed in UTC time.

Exceptions

path is a zero-length string, contains only white space, or contains one or more invalid characters. You can query for invalid characters with the GetInvalidPathChars() method.

The specified path, file name, or both exceed the system-defined maximum length.

Examples

The following example illustrates the differences in output when using Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) output.

// This sample shows the differences between dates from methods that use
//coordinated universal time (UTC) format and those that do not.
using namespace System;
using namespace System::IO;
int main()
{
   
   // Set the directory.
   String^ n = "C:\\test\\newdir";
   
   //Create two variables to use to set the time.
   DateTime dtime1 = DateTime(2002,1,3);
   DateTime dtime2 = DateTime(1999,1,1);
   
   //Create the directory.
   try
   {
      Directory::CreateDirectory( n );
   }
   catch ( IOException^ e ) 
   {
      Console::WriteLine( e );
   }

   
   //Set the creation and last access times to a variable DateTime value.
   Directory::SetCreationTime( n, dtime1 );
   Directory::SetLastAccessTimeUtc( n, dtime1 );
   
   // Print to console the results.
   Console::WriteLine( "Creation Date: {0}", Directory::GetCreationTime( n ) );
   Console::WriteLine( "UTC creation Date: {0}", Directory::GetCreationTimeUtc( n ) );
   Console::WriteLine( "Last write time: {0}", Directory::GetLastWriteTime( n ) );
   Console::WriteLine( "UTC last write time: {0}", Directory::GetLastWriteTimeUtc( n ) );
   Console::WriteLine( "Last access time: {0}", Directory::GetLastAccessTime( n ) );
   Console::WriteLine( "UTC last access time: {0}", Directory::GetLastAccessTimeUtc( n ) );
   
   //Set the last write time to a different value.
   Directory::SetLastWriteTimeUtc( n, dtime2 );
   Console::WriteLine( "Changed last write time: {0}", Directory::GetLastWriteTimeUtc( n ) );
}

// Obviously, since this sample deals with dates and times, the output will vary
// depending on when you run the executable. Here is one example of the output:
//Creation Date: 1/3/2002 12:00:00 AM
//UTC creation Date: 1/3/2002 8:00:00 AM
//Last write time: 12/31/1998 4:00:00 PM
//UTC last write time: 1/1/1999 12:00:00 AM
//Last access time: 1/2/2002 4:00:00 PM
//UTC last access time: 1/3/2002 12:00:00 AM
//Changed last write time: 1/1/1999 12:00:00 AM
// This sample shows the differences between dates from methods that use
//coordinated universal time (UTC) format and those that do not.
using System;
using System.IO;

namespace IOSamples
{
  public class DirectoryUTCTime
  {
    public static void Main()
    {
	// Set the directory.
      string n = @"C:\test\newdir";
		//Create two variables to use to set the time.
	  DateTime dtime1 = new DateTime(2002, 1, 3);
	  DateTime dtime2 = new DateTime(1999, 1, 1);

	//Create the directory.
	  try
	  {
		  Directory.CreateDirectory(n);
	  }
	  catch (IOException e)
	  {
		  Console.WriteLine(e);
	  }

	//Set the creation and last access times to a variable DateTime value.
	  Directory.SetCreationTime(n, dtime1);
	  Directory.SetLastAccessTimeUtc(n, dtime1);

		// Print to console the results.
	  Console.WriteLine("Creation Date: {0}", Directory.GetCreationTime(n));
	  Console.WriteLine("UTC creation Date: {0}", Directory.GetCreationTimeUtc(n));
	  Console.WriteLine("Last write time: {0}", Directory.GetLastWriteTime(n));
	  Console.WriteLine("UTC last write time: {0}", Directory.GetLastWriteTimeUtc(n));
	  Console.WriteLine("Last access time: {0}", Directory.GetLastAccessTime(n));
	  Console.WriteLine("UTC last access time: {0}", Directory.GetLastAccessTimeUtc(n));

		//Set the last write time to a different value.
      Directory.SetLastWriteTimeUtc(n, dtime2);
	  Console.WriteLine("Changed last write time: {0}", Directory.GetLastWriteTimeUtc(n));
    }
  }
}
// Obviously, since this sample deals with dates and times, the output will vary
// depending on when you run the executable. Here is one example of the output:
//Creation Date: 1/3/2002 12:00:00 AM
//UTC creation Date: 1/3/2002 8:00:00 AM
//Last write time: 12/31/1998 4:00:00 PM
//UTC last write time: 1/1/1999 12:00:00 AM
//Last access time: 1/2/2002 4:00:00 PM
//UTC last access time: 1/3/2002 12:00:00 AM
//Changed last write time: 1/1/1999 12:00:00 AM

' This sample shows the differences between dates from methods that use
'coordinated universal time (UTC) format and those that do not.
Imports System
Imports System.IO



Public Class DirectoryUTCTime
   
   Public Shared Sub Main()
      ' Set the directory.
      Dim n As String = "C:\test\newdir"
      'Create two variables to use to set the time.
      Dim dtime1 As New DateTime(2002, 1, 3)
      Dim dtime2 As New DateTime(1999, 1, 1)
      
      'Create the directory.
      Try
         Directory.CreateDirectory(n)
      Catch e As IOException
         Console.WriteLine(e)
      End Try
      
      'Set the creation and last access times to a variable DateTime value.
      Directory.SetCreationTime(n, dtime1)
      Directory.SetLastAccessTimeUtc(n, dtime1)
      
      ' Print to console the results.
      Console.WriteLine("Creation Date: {0}", Directory.GetCreationTime(n))
      Console.WriteLine("UTC creation Date: {0}", Directory.GetCreationTimeUtc(n))
      Console.WriteLine("Last write time: {0}", Directory.GetLastWriteTime(n))
      Console.WriteLine("UTC last write time: {0}", Directory.GetLastWriteTimeUtc(n))
      Console.WriteLine("Last access time: {0}", Directory.GetLastAccessTime(n))
      Console.WriteLine("UTC last access time: {0}", Directory.GetLastAccessTimeUtc(n))
      
      'Set the last write time to a different value.
      Directory.SetLastWriteTimeUtc(n, dtime2)
      Console.WriteLine("Changed last write time: {0}", Directory.GetLastWriteTimeUtc(n))
   End Sub 'Main
End Class 'DirectoryUTCTime

' Since this sample deals with dates and times, the output will vary
' depending on when you run the executable. Here is one example of the output:

' Creation Date: 1/3/2002 12:00:00 AM
' UTC creation Date: 1/3/2002 8:00:00 AM
' Last write time: 12/31/1998 4:00:00 PM
' UTC last write time: 1/1/1999 12:00:00 AM
' Last access time: 1/2/2002 4:00:00 PM
' UTC last access time: 1/3/2002 12:00:00 AM
' Changed last write time: 1/1/1999 12:00:00 AM

Remarks

Note

This method may return an inaccurate value, because it uses native functions whose values may not be continuously updated by the operating system.

If the directory described in the path parameter does not exist, this method returns 12:00 midnight, January 1, 1601 A.D. (C.E.) Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).

For a list of common I/O tasks, see Common I/O Tasks.

Security

FileIOPermission
for reading the specified file or directory. Associated enumeration: Read

Applies to

See also