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From "Oliver Heger (Commented) (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (CONFIGURATION-463) AbstractFileConfiguration.load(String filename) returns with current directory changed
Date Wed, 28 Sep 2011 20:26:45 GMT


Oliver Heger commented on CONFIGURATION-463:

Your observation is correct, {{AbstractFileConfiguration}} indeed changes its internal base
path the first time a file is loaded. It behaves this way for a long time, so it is probably
a bad idea to change this now (at least in the 1.x series).

But you are right, the documentation should mention this behavior.
> AbstractFileConfiguration.load(String filename) returns with current directory changed
> --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: CONFIGURATION-463
>                 URL:
>             Project: Commons Configuration
>          Issue Type: Bug
>    Affects Versions: 1.6, 1.7
>         Environment: Windows7, Linux (Fedora14)
>            Reporter: James Garrison
> {code:java}
>     PropertiesConfiguration pc = new PropertiesConfiguration();
>     ...
>     for (String f : cl.getArgs())
>     {
>         pc.load(f);
>     }
> {code}
> Invoked in directory /home/me/test with several relative paths, i.e. ./sub1/a.cfg ./sub2/b.cfg
> First file loads successfully. Upon return from the first invocation of pc.load(f), the
current directory has been changed to the absolute path of the loaded file (/home/me/test/sub1).
 Thus, subsequent paths given as relative references to the original user.dir fail to be found.
> If this is the expected behavior, it should be documented.

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