Seek​Origin Enum

Definition

Specifies the position in a stream to use for seeking.

[System.Runtime.InteropServices.ComVisible(true)]
public enum SeekOrigin
Inheritance
Attributes

Examples

The following example shows how to read backwards starting at the end of the stream, and how to read from a specified point in the stream.

using System;
using System.IO;

public class FSSeek
{
    public static void Main()
    {
        long offset;
        int nextByte;

        // alphabet.txt contains "abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz"
        using (FileStream fs = new FileStream(@"c:\temp\alphabet.txt", FileMode.Open, FileAccess.Read))
        {
            for (offset = 1; offset <= fs.Length; offset++)
            {
                fs.Seek(-offset, SeekOrigin.End);
                Console.Write(Convert.ToChar(fs.ReadByte()));
            }
            Console.WriteLine();

            fs.Seek(20, SeekOrigin.Begin);

            while ((nextByte = fs.ReadByte()) > 0)
            {
                Console.Write(Convert.ToChar(nextByte));
            }
            Console.WriteLine();
        }
    }
}
// This code example displays the following output:
//
// zyxwvutsrqponmlkjihgfedcba
// uvwxyz
Imports System
Imports System.IO

Public Class FSSeek
    Public Shared Sub Main()
        Dim offset As Long
        Dim nextByte As Integer

        ' alphabet.txt contains "abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz"
        Using fs As New FileStream("c:\temp\alphabet.txt", FileMode.Open, FileAccess.Read)

            For offset = 1 To fs.Length
                fs.Seek(-offset, SeekOrigin.End)
                Console.Write(Convert.ToChar(fs.ReadByte()))
            Next offset
            Console.WriteLine()

            fs.Seek(20, SeekOrigin.Begin)

            nextByte = fs.ReadByte()
            While (nextByte > 0)
                Console.Write(Convert.ToChar(nextByte))
                nextByte = fs.ReadByte()
            End While
            Console.WriteLine()

        End Using
    End Sub
End Class

' This code example displays the following output:
'
' zyxwvutsrqponmlkjihgfedcba
' uvwxyz

Remarks

SeekOrigin is used by the Seek methods of Stream, BufferedStream, FileStream, MemoryStream, BinaryWriter, and other classes. The Seek methods take an offset parameter that is relative to the position specified by SeekOrigin.

Fields

Begin

Specifies the beginning of a stream.

Current

Specifies the current position within a stream.

End

Specifies the end of a stream.