Recipe 11.2 Creating a File


Problem

You need to create a new file on disk, but you don't want to write into it.

Solution

Use a java.io.File object's createNewFile( ) method.

Discussion

You could easily create a new file by constructing a FileOutputStream or FileWriter (see Recipe 10.6). But then you'd have to remember to close it as well. Sometimes you want a file to exist, but you don't want to bother putting anything into it. This might be used, for example, as a simple form of interprogram communication: one program could test for the presence of a file and interpret that to mean that the other program has reached a certain state. Here is code that simply creates an empty file for each name you give:

import java.io.*; /**  * Create one or more files by name.  * The final "e" is omitted in homage to the underlying UNIX system call.  */ public class Creat {     public static void main(String[] argv) throws IOException {         // Ensure that a filename (or something) was given in argv[0]         if (argv.length == 0) {             System.err.println("Usage: Creat filename");             System.exit(1);         }         for (int i = 0; i< argv.length; i++) {             // Constructing a File object doesn't affect the disk, but             // the createNewFile( ) method does.             new File(argv[i]).createNewFile( );         }     } }



Java Cookbook
Java Cookbook, Second Edition
ISBN: 0596007019
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2003
Pages: 409
Authors: Ian F Darwin

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