Skipping Bytes

The skip( ) method jumps over a certain number of bytes in the input:

public long skip(long bytesToSkip) throws IOException

The argument to skip( ) is the number of bytes to skip. The return value is the number of bytes actually skipped, which may be less than bytesToSkip. -1 is returned if the end of stream is encountered. Both the argument and return value are longs, allowing skip( ) to handle extremely long input streams. Skipping is often faster than reading and discarding the data you don't want. For example, when an input stream is attached to a file, skipping bytes just requires that the position in the file be changed, whereas reading involves copying bytes from the disk into memory. For example, to skip the next 80 bytes of the input stream in:

try {
 long bytesSkipped = 0;
 long bytesToSkip = 80;
 while (bytesSkipped < bytesToSkip) {
 long n = in.skip(bytesToSkip - bytesSkipped);
 if (n == -1) break;
 bytesSkipped += n;
catch (IOException ex) {

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Java I/O
Java I/O
ISBN: 0596527500
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2004
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