File.SetLastWriteTime(String, DateTime) File.SetLastWriteTime(String, DateTime) File.SetLastWriteTime(String, DateTime) File.SetLastWriteTime(String, DateTime) Method

Definition

Sets the date and time that the specified file was last written to.

public:
 static void SetLastWriteTime(System::String ^ path, DateTime lastWriteTime);
public static void SetLastWriteTime (string path, DateTime lastWriteTime);
static member SetLastWriteTime : string * DateTime -> unit
Public Shared Sub SetLastWriteTime (path As String, lastWriteTime As DateTime)

Parameters

path
String String String String

The file for which to set the date and time information.

lastWriteTime
DateTime DateTime DateTime DateTime

A DateTime containing the value to set for the last write date and time of path. This value is expressed in local time.

Exceptions

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

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

lastWriteTime specifies a value outside the range of dates or times permitted for this operation.

Examples

The following example checks the file system for the specified file, creating the file if necessary, and then sets and gets the last write time of the file.

using namespace System;
using namespace System::IO;
int main()
{
   try
   {
      String^ path = "c:\\Temp\\MyTest.txt";
      if (  !File::Exists( path ) )
      {
         File::Create( path );
      }
      else
      {
         
         // Take an action that will affect the write time.
         File::SetLastWriteTime( path, DateTime(1985,4,3) );
      }
      
      // Get the creation time of a well-known directory.
      DateTime dt = File::GetLastWriteTime( path );
      Console::WriteLine( "The last write time for this file was {0}.", dt );
      
      // Update the last write time.
      File::SetLastWriteTime( path, DateTime::Now );
      dt = File::GetLastWriteTime( path );
      Console::WriteLine( "The last write time for this file was {0}.", dt );
   }
   catch ( Exception^ e ) 
   {
      Console::WriteLine( "The process failed: {0}", e );
   }

}

using System;
using System.IO;

class Test 
{
    public static void Main() 
    {
        try 
        {
            string path = @"c:\Temp\MyTest.txt";
            if (!File.Exists(path)) 
            {
                File.Create(path);
            } 
            else 
            {
                // Take an action that will affect the write time.
                File.SetLastWriteTime(path, new DateTime(1985,4,3));
            }

            // Get the creation time of a well-known directory.
            DateTime dt = File.GetLastWriteTime(path);
            Console.WriteLine("The last write time for this file was {0}.", dt);
			
            // Update the last write time.
            File.SetLastWriteTime(path, DateTime.Now);
            dt = File.GetLastWriteTime(path);
            Console.WriteLine("The last write time for this file was {0}.", dt);

        } 
        catch (Exception e) 
        {
            Console.WriteLine("The process failed: {0}", e.ToString());
        }
    }
}
Imports System
Imports System.IO
Imports System.Text

Public Class Test
    Public Shared Sub Main()
        Try
            Dim path As String = "c:\Temp\MyTest.txt"

            If File.Exists(path) = False Then
                File.Create(path)
            Else
                ' Take an action that will affect the write time.
                File.SetLastWriteTime(path, New DateTime(1985, 4, 3))
            End If

            ' Get the creation time of a well-known directory.
            Dim dt As DateTime = File.GetLastWriteTime(path)
            Console.WriteLine("The last write time for this file was {0}.", dt)

            ' Update the last write time.
            File.SetLastWriteTime(path, DateTime.Now)
            dt = File.GetLastWriteTime(path)
            Console.WriteLine("The last write time for this file was {0}.", dt)

        Catch e As Exception
            Console.WriteLine("The process failed: {0}", e.ToString())
        End Try
    End Sub
End Class

Remarks

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.

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

Security

FileIOPermission
for writing to the specified file. Associated enumeration: Write

Applies to

See also