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From "Peter B. (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (IO-376) FileUtils.copyFile for the locked file (windows)
Date Tue, 28 May 2013 05:47:21 GMT


Peter B. commented on IO-376:

I got it solved by slightly modified solution described in:
as he reads only byte by byte, where I read to buffer to speed up things up to RandomAccessFile.length().

Moreover as I already mentioned, similar functionality is already present in the:
so it should not be such a big deal.
> FileUtils.copyFile for the locked file (windows)
> ------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: IO-376
>                 URL:
>             Project: Commons IO
>          Issue Type: New Feature
>          Components: Streams/Writers
>    Affects Versions: 2.4
>         Environment: Windows
>            Reporter: Peter B.
>            Priority: Minor
> The use case:
> - log4j writes to the file using RollingFileAppender.
> - in parallel I need to read the file contents for later manipulation (storing it's contents
> Problem on windows:
> - I open FileInputStream for reading from file
> - when using IOUtils.copy(InputStream input, OutputStream output) exception is thrown:
> {code} 
> The process cannot access the file because another process has locked
a portion of the file
> {code} 
> It would be great to have API enabling to copy contents of the locked file (on windows)
to OutputStream.
> The method available in the API currently:
> {code:java} 
> FileUtils.copyFile(File input, OutputStream output)
> {code} 
> does the job, except for the files that are locked (in the windows environment) as they're
currently written to.
> Some of the functionality is already in use in the: Tailer
> However (non-bloked) copying full contents is not provided.
> I'd need to retrieve a snapshot of the file.
> Not sure about the right API, but generally I see 2 options:
> - custom (File)InputSteam implementation or maybe
> - custom FileUtils.copyFile(File input, OutputStream output)

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