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From Alex Blewitt <>
Subject Re: [core] Directories w/spaces
Date Tue, 26 Aug 2003 15:17:12 GMT
On Tuesday, Aug 26, 2003, at 15:56 Europe/London, Jason Dillon wrote:

>> String configFromSomewhere = ....
>> File file = new File(new URI(URLEncoder(configFromSomewhere));
> Can you actually read a file using this?

The test code that I used allowed me to get the last modification date 
of the file, so the file clearly works in the right place. I did not 
test it using a FileInputStream or FileReader.

I modified the example code pasted last time to get

public class Test {
   public static void main(String args[]) throws Exception {
     String u = args[0];
     System.out.println("\"" + u + "\"");
     System.out.println(new URI(u));
     System.out.println(new File(new URI(u)));
     File file = new File(new URI(u));
     FileInputStream fin = new FileInputStream(file);
     byte buffer[] = new byte[1024];;


and it worked seamlessly at printing out the contents of the file with 
a %20 in the directory space.

(Note: this is tested/run on Mac OS X.2.6 using Java 1.4; it may be 
different on 'doze systems, but I wouldn't expect there to be a 

Note that as Daniel says, you may need to ensure that the protocol 
isn't also encoded as part of the URI, but there are constructors in 
the URI itself that allows for this:

o The single-argument  constructor requires any illegal characters in 
its argument to be  quoted and preserves any escaped octets and other 
characters that  are present.
o The multi-argument constructors quote illegal characters as  required 
by the components in which they appear. The percent character  ('%') is 
always quoted by these constructors. Any other  characters are 

If you are appending the 'file:///' on yourself (and the file is being 
read from somwhere else) then using a multi-part URI will solve this 
problem for you, encoding where necessary.

new URI("file",null,myFileName,null) // encodes right part 
automatically. First null is 'host' (may be empty for file URIs), 
second null is fragment (i.e. after #)



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