Tuesday, July 6, 2010

C# LogViewer using FileSystemWatcher

I was facing a problem to get the new log message in the Message Log screen.
FileSystemWatcher which was introduced in .net 2.0 make it very easy to develop Message Log Viewer.

1) Create the FileSystemWatcher and set its properties.

            FileSystemWatcher_Log_1.Path = Directory.GetParent("C:\\temp").FullName;
            FileSystemWatcher_Log_1.Filter = "MyLogFile.log";
            NotifyFilters notifyFileters = new NotifyFilters();
            notifyFileters = notifyFileters | NotifyFilters.LastWrite;
           // You can choose other notification filters

            FileSystemWatcher_Log_1.NotifyFilter = notifyFileters;
            FileSystemWatcher_Log_1.EnableRaisingEvents = true;

2) Set the event handler.

            this.FileSystemWatcher_Log_1.Changed += new 

3) Update GUI when event occours

            // create stream writer only once so that whenever new log is appended in the log file,
           // only that text will be shown in the list view (or which ever the gui component you are using).
            if (null == sr_Log_1)
                sr_Log_1 = new StreamReader(new FileStream(SelectedFileName_Log1_textbox.Text, 
                FileMode.Open, FileAccess.Read, FileShare.ReadWrite), true);
            string line;
            while (sr_Log_1.EndOfStream != true)
                line = sr_Log_1.ReadLine();
                if (line.Trim().Length == 0)
                Log_1_listBox.TopIndex = Log_1_listBox.Items.Count - 26 + 1;

Refer the code for details.
You can download demo code from here here.
It may not be 100% bug free code.