ZipEntry, zipinputstream and default constructors.

Wanted to use Java to decompress(unzip) some files (but not all) from a given zip, I started playing with code samples and got an enumeration of a zipfile object to list all the files in a given listbox.  --- NO PROBLEM!

Then the idea was double click on the given file which needs decompressing and get that particular file to be decompressed.

Ofcourse I cant use the enumeration object because that could be pointing anywhere (so to speak) so what I treied was something like ...
ZipInputStream zipin = new ZipInputStream(new FileInputStream(name_of_file));
BufferedInputStream bis = new BufferedInputStream(zipin);
FileOutputStream fos = new FileOutputStream(s);
ze =  zipin.createZipEntry(specific_entry_in_file);

and err that's where the first problem reared its ugly head - createZipEntry is a protected function to use it I need to create an extended class built on ZipInputStream and create a public function which calls createZipEntry,, problem is I dont know how to handle the constructor which would pass the right InputStream. All my attempts have ended in compiler errors. Default constructors dont seem to be called by super,, but I could be wrong.

So this question comes in 2 parts, how do I handle the constructors etc in an extended class and has anyone experience in java unzip specifc files from an archive.

Many thanks

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objectsConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Maintain a hash of (name, zip entries) when you're getting a list of files in the zip file.
Then to get a stream for a specific file name use:

ZipEntry = (ZipEntry) hash.get(name);
InputStream in = zipfile.getInputStream(entry);

MatlockAuthor Commented:
OK, I'll accept this comment, the hashtable idea worked that got me out of that problem but I really could do with understanding the second bit of my problem namely how to handle the default constructor and [assing to it an input stream ( thats foxed me) - if it needs to be answered by someone-else then i can open it as a new question.
sorry I missed that bit.

Is this what you're after?

public MyZipInputStream extends ZipInputStream
   MyZipInputStream(InputStream in)

But it won't help cause you can't redefine method visibility.

MatlockAuthor Commented:
Thanks objects,
that did answer my question and helped me 2 ways,
1) a quick rethink of program flow
2) now know how to use with changing the default constructor

basicly for others what I now do is add entries to the hash table thus
                                  Object obj = (ZipEntry) alist.nextElement();
                                String z = obj.toString();

and when it comes to decompress

try {
                 FileOutputStream fos = new FileOutputStream(s);
                 ze = new ZipEntry((ZipEntry) ht.get(s));
                  int sz = (int) ze.getSize();
                  BufferedInputStream bis = new BufferedInputStream(zipfile.getInputStream(ze));
                  //JOptionPane.showMessageDialog(null,"Size of file is " + sz);
                 final int N = 1024;
                 byte buf[] = new byte[N];
                 int ln = 0;
                 while (sz > 0 &&  // workaround for bug
                              (ln =, 0, Math.min(N, sz))) != -1) {
                                     fos.write(buf, 0, ln);
                               sz -= ln;
                                 //JOptionPane.showMessageDialog(null,"Buffer reads: " + buf);
                      }catch(IOException e) {}
using suns work around for a bug in the stream

Looks about right :-)
Although ZipEntry has some useful information such as filename, directory name etc.

Thanks for the points :)

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