UnhandledExceptionMode UnhandledExceptionMode UnhandledExceptionMode UnhandledExceptionMode Enum

Definition

Defines where a Windows Forms application should send unhandled exceptions.

public enum class UnhandledExceptionMode
public enum UnhandledExceptionMode
type UnhandledExceptionMode = 
Public Enum UnhandledExceptionMode
Inheritance
UnhandledExceptionModeUnhandledExceptionModeUnhandledExceptionModeUnhandledExceptionMode

Fields

Automatic Automatic Automatic Automatic 0

Route all exceptions to the ThreadException handler, unless the application's configuration file specifies otherwise.

CatchException CatchException CatchException CatchException 2

Always route exceptions to the ThreadException handler. Ignore the application configuration file.

ThrowException ThrowException ThrowException ThrowException 1

Never route exceptions to the ThreadException handler. Ignore the application configuration file.

Examples

The following code example sets event handlers for both errors that occur on Windows Forms threads and errors that occur on other threads. It sets SetUnhandledExceptionMode so that all errors are handled by the application, regardless of the settings in the application's user configuration file. It uses the ThreadException event for the former, and the UnhandledException event for the latter. Since UnhandledException cannot prevent an application from terminating, the example simply logs the error in the system Event Log prior to termination.

This sample assumes that you have defined two Button controls, button1 and button2, on your Form class.

   // Creates a class to throw the error.
public:
   ref class ErrorHandler: public System::Windows::Forms::Form
   {
      // Inserts the code to create a form with a button.

      // Programs the button to throw an exception when clicked.
   private:
      void button1_Click( Object^ /*sender*/, System::EventArgs^ /*e*/ )
      {
         throw gcnew ArgumentException( "The parameter was invalid" );
      }

   public:
      static void Main()
      {
         // Creates an instance of the methods that will handle the exception.
         CustomExceptionHandler ^ eh = gcnew CustomExceptionHandler;
         
         // Adds the event handler to the event.
         Application::ThreadException += gcnew ThreadExceptionEventHandler( eh, &Form1::CustomExceptionHandler::OnThreadException );
         
         // Runs the application.
         Application::Run( gcnew ErrorHandler );
      }
   };

   // Creates a class to handle the exception event.
internal:
   ref class CustomExceptionHandler
   {
      // Handles the exception event.
   public:
      void OnThreadException( Object^ /*sender*/, ThreadExceptionEventArgs^ t )
      {
         System::Windows::Forms::DialogResult result = ::DialogResult::Cancel;
         try
         {
            result = this->ShowThreadExceptionDialog( t->Exception );
         }
         catch ( Exception^ ) 
         {
            try
            {
               MessageBox::Show( "Fatal Error", "Fatal Error", MessageBoxButtons::AbortRetryIgnore, MessageBoxIcon::Stop );
            }
            finally
            {
               Application::Exit();
            }
         }
         
         // Exits the program when the user clicks Abort.
         if ( result == ::DialogResult::Abort )
         {
            Application::Exit();
         }
      }

      // Creates the error message and displays it.
   private:
      System::Windows::Forms::DialogResult ShowThreadExceptionDialog( Exception^ e )
      {
         String^ errorMsg = "An error occurred please contact the adminstrator with the following information:\n\n";
         errorMsg = String::Concat( errorMsg, e->Message, "\n\nStack Trace:\n", e->StackTrace );
         return MessageBox::Show( errorMsg, "Application Error", MessageBoxButtons::AbortRetryIgnore, MessageBoxIcon::Stop );
      }
   };
Thread newThread = null;

// Starts the application. 
[SecurityPermission(SecurityAction.Demand, Flags = SecurityPermissionFlag.ControlAppDomain)]
public static void Main(string[] args)
{
    // Add the event handler for handling UI thread exceptions to the event.
    Application.ThreadException += new ThreadExceptionEventHandler(ErrorHandlerForm.Form1_UIThreadException);

    // Set the unhandled exception mode to force all Windows Forms errors to go through
    // our handler.
    Application.SetUnhandledExceptionMode(UnhandledExceptionMode.CatchException);

    // Add the event handler for handling non-UI thread exceptions to the event. 
    AppDomain.CurrentDomain.UnhandledException +=
        new UnhandledExceptionEventHandler(CurrentDomain_UnhandledException);

    // Runs the application.
    Application.Run(new ErrorHandlerForm());
}

// Programs the button to throw an exception when clicked.
private void button1_Click(object sender, System.EventArgs e)
{
    throw new ArgumentException("The parameter was invalid");
}

// Start a new thread, separate from Windows Forms, that will throw an exception.
private void button2_Click(object sender, System.EventArgs e)
{
    ThreadStart newThreadStart = new ThreadStart(newThread_Execute);
    newThread = new Thread(newThreadStart);
    newThread.Start();
}

// The thread we start up to demonstrate non-UI exception handling. 
void newThread_Execute()
{
    throw new Exception("The method or operation is not implemented.");
}

// Handle the UI exceptions by showing a dialog box, and asking the user whether
// or not they wish to abort execution.
private static void Form1_UIThreadException(object sender, ThreadExceptionEventArgs t)
{
    DialogResult result = DialogResult.Cancel;
    try
    {
        result = ShowThreadExceptionDialog("Windows Forms Error", t.Exception);
    }
    catch
    {
        try
        {
            MessageBox.Show("Fatal Windows Forms Error",
                "Fatal Windows Forms Error", MessageBoxButtons.AbortRetryIgnore, MessageBoxIcon.Stop);
        }
        finally
        {
            Application.Exit();
        }
    }

    // Exits the program when the user clicks Abort.
    if (result == DialogResult.Abort)
        Application.Exit();
}

// Handle the UI exceptions by showing a dialog box, and asking the user whether
// or not they wish to abort execution.
// NOTE: This exception cannot be kept from terminating the application - it can only 
// log the event, and inform the user about it. 
private static void CurrentDomain_UnhandledException(object sender, UnhandledExceptionEventArgs e)
{
    try
    {
        Exception ex = (Exception)e.ExceptionObject;
        string errorMsg = "An application error occurred. Please contact the adminstrator " +
            "with the following information:\n\n";

        // Since we can't prevent the app from terminating, log this to the event log.
        if (!EventLog.SourceExists("ThreadException"))
        {
            EventLog.CreateEventSource("ThreadException", "Application");
        }

        // Create an EventLog instance and assign its source.
        EventLog myLog = new EventLog();
        myLog.Source = "ThreadException";
        myLog.WriteEntry(errorMsg + ex.Message + "\n\nStack Trace:\n" + ex.StackTrace);
    }
    catch (Exception exc)
    {
        try
        {
            MessageBox.Show("Fatal Non-UI Error",
                "Fatal Non-UI Error. Could not write the error to the event log. Reason: "
                + exc.Message, MessageBoxButtons.OK, MessageBoxIcon.Stop);
        }
        finally
        {
            Application.Exit();
        }
    }
}

// Creates the error message and displays it.
private static DialogResult ShowThreadExceptionDialog(string title, Exception e)
{
    string errorMsg = "An application error occurred. Please contact the adminstrator " +
        "with the following information:\n\n";
    errorMsg = errorMsg + e.Message + "\n\nStack Trace:\n" + e.StackTrace;
    return MessageBox.Show(errorMsg, title, MessageBoxButtons.AbortRetryIgnore,
        MessageBoxIcon.Stop);
}
     Private newThread As Thread = Nothing

     ' Starts the application. 
     <SecurityPermission(SecurityAction.Demand, Flags:=SecurityPermissionFlag.ControlAppDomain)> _
     Public Shared Sub Main()
         ' Add the event handler for handling UI thread exceptions to the event.
         AddHandler Application.ThreadException, AddressOf ErrorHandlerForm.Form1_UIThreadException

         ' Set the unhandled exception mode to force all Windows Forms errors to go through
         ' our handler.
         Application.SetUnhandledExceptionMode(UnhandledExceptionMode.CatchException)

         ' Add the event handler for handling non-UI thread exceptions to the event. 
         AddHandler AppDomain.CurrentDomain.UnhandledException, AddressOf CurrentDomain_UnhandledException

         ' Runs the application.
         Application.Run(New ErrorHandlerForm())
     End Sub


     ' Programs the button to throw an exception when clicked.
     Private Sub button1_Click(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles button1.Click
         Throw New ArgumentException("The parameter was invalid")
     End Sub

     ' Start a new thread, separate from Windows Forms, that will throw an exception.
     Private Sub button2_Click(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles button2.Click
         Dim newThreadStart As New ThreadStart(AddressOf newThread_Execute)
         newThread = New Thread(newThreadStart)
         newThread.Start()
     End Sub


     ' The thread we start up to demonstrate non-UI exception handling. 
     Sub newThread_Execute()
         Throw New Exception("The method or operation is not implemented.")
     End Sub


     ' Handle the UI exceptions by showing a dialog box, and asking the user whether
     ' or not they wish to abort execution.
     Private Shared Sub Form1_UIThreadException(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal t As ThreadExceptionEventArgs)
         Dim result As System.Windows.Forms.DialogResult = _
             System.Windows.Forms.DialogResult.Cancel
         Try
             result = ShowThreadExceptionDialog("Windows Forms Error", t.Exception)
         Catch
             Try
                 MessageBox.Show("Fatal Windows Forms Error", _
                     "Fatal Windows Forms Error", MessageBoxButtons.AbortRetryIgnore, MessageBoxIcon.Stop)
             Finally
                 Application.Exit()
             End Try
         End Try

         ' Exits the program when the user clicks Abort.
         If result = DialogResult.Abort Then
             Application.Exit()
         End If
     End Sub

     ' Handle the UI exceptions by showing a dialog box, and asking the user whether
     ' or not they wish to abort execution.
     ' NOTE: This exception cannot be kept from terminating the application - it can only 
     ' log the event, and inform the user about it. 
     Private Shared Sub CurrentDomain_UnhandledException(ByVal sender As Object, _
     ByVal e As UnhandledExceptionEventArgs)
         Try
             Dim ex As Exception = CType(e.ExceptionObject, Exception)
             Dim errorMsg As String = "An application error occurred. Please contact the adminstrator " & _
                 "with the following information:" & ControlChars.Lf & ControlChars.Lf

             ' Since we can't prevent the app from terminating, log this to the event log.
             If (Not EventLog.SourceExists("ThreadException")) Then
                 EventLog.CreateEventSource("ThreadException", "Application")
             End If

             ' Create an EventLog instance and assign its source.
             Dim myLog As New EventLog()
             myLog.Source = "ThreadException"
             myLog.WriteEntry((errorMsg + ex.Message & ControlChars.Lf & ControlChars.Lf & _
                 "Stack Trace:" & ControlChars.Lf & ex.StackTrace))
         Catch exc As Exception
             Try
                 MessageBox.Show("Fatal Non-UI Error", "Fatal Non-UI Error. Could not write the error to the event log. " & _
                     "Reason: " & exc.Message, MessageBoxButtons.OK, MessageBoxIcon.Stop)
             Finally
                 Application.Exit()
             End Try
         End Try
     End Sub


     ' Creates the error message and displays it.
     Private Shared Function ShowThreadExceptionDialog(ByVal title As String, ByVal e As Exception) As DialogResult
         Dim errorMsg As String = "An application error occurred. Please contact the adminstrator " & _
"with the following information:" & ControlChars.Lf & ControlChars.Lf
         errorMsg = errorMsg & e.Message & ControlChars.Lf & _
ControlChars.Lf & "Stack Trace:" & ControlChars.Lf & e.StackTrace

         Return MessageBox.Show(errorMsg, title, MessageBoxButtons.AbortRetryIgnore, MessageBoxIcon.Stop)
     End Function

Remarks

This enumeration is used by SetUnhandledExceptionMode.

Note

In the .NET Framework version 2.0, the common language runtime behavior changed to allow unhandled exceptions to propagate up the call stack. This behavior can be disabled via the application configuration file. For more information, see Exceptions in Managed Threads.

Applies to