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How to write a log or text file to the file system in Metro Style App?

    Question

  • As the title said, I would like to write an activity log of my application into a file automatically. My application is built in Javascript/HTML5, when I am debugging I can use console.log("this is a debug log") and track it in console. But if I want to give my test machine to a certain test user, I want to be able to track the activity logs.

    Is there any way that I can do that? Is there API that I can use to write a file in the file system?


    Louis

    Friday, April 13, 2012 12:24 AM

Answers

  • The FileIO Class may work for you.  There is a method for appending text to a file:

    Windows.Storage.FileIO.appendTextAsync(file, contents).done( /* Your success and error handlers */ );

    Your application will have to request permission to write to a file in the user's Documents folder via the manifest and the user will have to agree the first time your application tries to access that directory.

    Check out this Quickstart for examples.

    Because of the asynchronous nature of these operations, for logging purposes, you should consider sending your messages to a string or array of strings and then writing/appending them to your log file at one time--say when the app is about to suspend.





    Friday, April 13, 2012 1:00 AM

All replies

  • The FileIO Class may work for you.  There is a method for appending text to a file:

    Windows.Storage.FileIO.appendTextAsync(file, contents).done( /* Your success and error handlers */ );

    Your application will have to request permission to write to a file in the user's Documents folder via the manifest and the user will have to agree the first time your application tries to access that directory.

    Check out this Quickstart for examples.

    Because of the asynchronous nature of these operations, for logging purposes, you should consider sending your messages to a string or array of strings and then writing/appending them to your log file at one time--say when the app is about to suspend.





    Friday, April 13, 2012 1:00 AM
  • Hello,

      I tried the above method but it doesn't work for me:

    varLogFile = "LogFile.txt";

    Windows.Storage.DownloadsFolder.createFileAsync("LogFile.txt").done(

    function(file) {

    LogFile = file;

    });

    Windows.Storage.FileIO.appendLinesAsync(LogFile, "Test").done();   <-- line 26

     

    but then I get the following error:

    Unhandled exception at line 26, column 5 in ms-appx://windowsmultimediaperformanceapplication/js/default.js

    0x800a000d - JavaScript runtime error: Type mismatch

     

    It creates the file properly but it fails to write in it. Any help will be appreciated. I looked at the sample code provided and referred to that when writing this.

    Wednesday, June 05, 2013 5:50 PM
  • I guess that it's a timing issue.

    The Call to createFileAsync runs asynchronous. The done function which sets LogFile = file runs whenever createFileAsync finished.

    That means that your code in Line 26

    Windows.Storage.FileIO.appendLinesAsync(LogFile, "Test").done();


    runs immediately after

    Windows.Storage.DownloadsFolder.createFileAsync

    but before

    function(file) {
    
    LogFile = file;
    
    }
    You can solve your problem by putting the appendLinesAsync call into the done function.
    varLogFile = "LogFile.txt";
    
    Windows.Storage.DownloadsFolder.createFileAsync("LogFile.txt").done(
    
    function(file) {
    
    LogFile = file;
    Windows.Storage.FileIO.appendLinesAsync(LogFile, "Test").done();   
    });
    
    

    Thursday, June 06, 2013 10:51 AM