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From "David Armstrong (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] Created: (IO-222) New Functionality: FileCopier object to facilitate copying of files and directories with ability to customize treatment of existing destination files and report copy status
Date Fri, 30 Oct 2009 01:33:59 GMT
New Functionality: FileCopier object to facilitate copying of files and directories with ability
to customize treatment of existing destination files and report copy status

                 Key: IO-222
             Project: Commons IO
          Issue Type: New Feature
          Components: Utilities
    Affects Versions: 2.0
         Environment: any
            Reporter: David Armstrong
            Priority: Minor
             Fix For: 2.0

This is a proposal to add a feature to new releases of Commons IO.

The new functionality is a class that copies files, called FileCopier and some helper classes.
This class goes beyond the functionality of the static methods included in the FileUtils class.
It has the following functionality:

It uses an extension to an abstract class, FileCopyHelper. FileCopyHelper provides callback
methods to FileCopier's copy methods. Extensions to FileCopyHelper provide methods to define
behavior for handling destination files that exist, handling exceptions, reporting the status
of copy operations, and enables clients to cancel copies after they have begun.
There are several extensions to FileCopyHelper that I have created. FileCopyHelper and all
of its extensions are included in a new package, to avoid
cluttering up FileCopier uses a default FileCopyHelper extension, SafeFileCopyHelper.
This extension skips all destination files that already exist. OverwriteFileCopyHelper overwrites
all files that exist. RenameAppendFileCopyHelper appends text to the names of all files that
exist. RenameAppendTimestampFileCopyHelper appends the existing file's last modified date
to its name. There are a few other FileCopyHelper extensions included, also. All of the FileCopyHelper
extensions that I created print the status of copy operations and report exceptions to standard

FileCopyHelper also allows clients to send a cancel request to FileCopier to cancel subsequent
copy operations. FIleCopier will throw a runtime exception, FileCopyCancelException, when
it receives a request to cancel copy operations.

When copying directories, FileCopier gives clients the ability to "flatten" directories if
they so choose. They can flatten by directory level or by name, using an IOFileFilter. Flattening
means the directory itself is not copied; only its contents are copied. It likewise gives
clients the ability to "merge" directories that exist. They can merge directories by level
or by name, using an IOFileFilter. Merge is applicable when FileCopier is using a FileCopyHelper
object that renames destination files that already exist. If a directory is to be merged,
it means that the directory is not renamed. The contents of the source directory are merged
with the contents of the already existing destination directory. Destination directories that
are not to be merged are renamed. FileCopier's default behavior is to not merge or flatten
any directories.

FileCopier is immutable and uses an inner Builder class to create instances of it.

I made a small change to I changed the access for doCopyFile() from private
to protected so that FileCopier could make use of its functionality. 

Included is a FileCopierTestCase class and all of its tests pass.

I've attached a gzipped tar file of Commons IO with the changes I made. If you generate javadocs,
it should create them for the classes I introduced. Hopefully, they will answer any questions
about the functionality that I did not address here.

Also attached is a diff file of the project's source code after I svn added my source code.

The estimate I put for this effort is 8 hours, just for the time that would be spent deciding
whether or not to implement the new feature and possibly any changes that should be made to

Please let me know what you think of the new functionality and any suggestions for improvement
that you have. If there is anything that I added that you would like me to implement differently,
please let me know. I hope that you will agree that FileCopier will provide added value to
the Commons IO suite of services.

Best Regards,
David Armstrong 

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