c# webresponse status

Posted on 2009-07-02
Last Modified: 2012-05-07
Hello.  New to the Windows world and .NET programming.  Below is a snippet of code (pulled from the internet) that get's a listing of files from an FTP server.  The try/catch code check for the success/failure of the whole operation, but I'd like to get a status from the "WebResponse response = reqFTP.GetResponse();" line of code.  How can I get the status?

Thank you
FtpWebRequest reqFTP;
                reqFTP = (FtpWebRequest)FtpWebRequest.Create(new Uri("ftp://" + ftpServerIP + "/"));
                reqFTP.UseBinary = true;
                reqFTP.Credentials = new NetworkCredential(ftpUserID, ftpPassword);
                reqFTP.Method = WebRequestMethods.Ftp.ListDirectory;
                WebResponse response = reqFTP.GetResponse();
                StreamReader reader = new StreamReader(response.GetResponseStream());
                string line = reader.ReadLine();
                while (line != null)
                    line = reader.ReadLine();
                // to remove the trailing '\n'
                result.Remove(result.ToString().LastIndexOf('\n'), 1);
                return result.ToString().Split('\n');
            catch (Exception ex)
                downloadFiles = null;
                Console.WriteLine("Error {0}encountered while getting file list", ex);
                return downloadFiles;

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by:Gary Davis
Gary Davis earned 125 total points
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You should be able to get the status from the response variable assuming it did not trap. A trap will occur in some situations like a bad Uri or a timeout, perhaps.
In addition, you could have additional "catch"es which will catch specific exceptions rather than the general "Exception" for additional reasons for the trap.
Gary Davis

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ID: 24765341
So are you saying to code like:

string myStatus = response.Status;

??  This is where I am getting hung up.  The response variable doesn't seem to have a "Status" method.

Author Comment

ID: 24765408
According to MSDN, "GetResponse" sets the Status property of WebExceptionStatus.  This is what I am trying to get.

Author Comment

ID: 24765555
I figured this one out.  Must something like:

catch (WebException e) {

I am such a newbie.  
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Gary Davis earned 125 total points
ID: 24766227
You can have these three all at once:
catch (HttpException e) {
catch (WebException e) {
catch (Exception e) {

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