Zipping a file

I have two strings. Each of which has to become a separate file in one zip file.  I have NO IDEA how to turn these strings into files without actually writing them to a harddrive. Can someone please show me how I would do this???

Thanks!

Tom
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TimYatesCommented:
I *think* you have to write them to the harddrive...

hopefully, someone can prove me wrong...
CEHJCommented:
See

http://javaalmanac.com/egs/java.util.zip/CreateZip.html

Use a ByteArrayInputStream on the String instead of a file stream
LPTechAuthor Commented:
So, if my two strings were: policyExport and billExport

This is how I would do it?

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// These are the files to include in the ZIP file
    String[] filenames = new String[]{"policyExport", "billExport"};
   
    // Create a buffer for reading the files
    byte[] buf = new byte[1024];
   
    try {
        // Create the ZIP file
        String outFilename = "outfile.zip";
        ZipOutputStream out = new ZipOutputStream(new FileOutputStream(outFilename));
   
        // Compress the files
        for (int i=0; i<filenames.length; i++) {
            ByteArrayInputStream in = new ByteArrayInputStream(filenames[i]);
   
            // Add ZIP entry to output stream.
            out.putNextEntry(new ZipEntry(filenames[i]));
   
            // Transfer bytes from the file to the ZIP file
            int len;
            while ((len = in.read(buf)) > 0) {
                out.write(buf, 0, len);
            }
   
            // Complete the entry
            out.closeEntry();
            in.close();
        }
   
        // Complete the ZIP file
        out.close();
    } catch (IOException e) {
    }

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Then I could just push the one zip file out to the browser normally??

Thanks!

Tom
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TimYatesCommented:
Cool :-)
CEHJCommented:
Clarification please: do you want

a. the Strings to be entry names
b. the String to be content

if a., what is the content?
if b., what are the entry names?
LPTechAuthor Commented:
The strings are the content.

The entry names should be:

STRING          ENTRY NAME
--------------------------------
policyExport    WS93J2II.L0003757
billExport        WS93J2II.L0545757


And the zip file name should be, let's say, exports.zip

Thanks!

Tom
CEHJCommented:
import java.io.*;
import java.util.zip.*;


public class ZipStrings
{

    public void zipEm() {

      // These are the files to include in the ZIP file

      String[] filenames = new String[]{"WS93J2II.L0003757", "WS93J2II.L0545757"};

      String[] toZip = new String[]{"policyExport", "billExport"};

      // Create a buffer for reading the files
      byte[] buf = new byte[1024];

      try {
          // Create the ZIP file
          String outFilename = "outfile.zip";
          ZipOutputStream out = new ZipOutputStream(new FileOutputStream(outFilename));

          // Compress the files
          for (int i=0; i<filenames.length; i++) {
              ByteArrayInputStream in = new ByteArrayInputStream(toZip[i].getBytes());

              // Add ZIP entry to output stream.
              out.putNextEntry(new ZipEntry(filenames[i]));

              // Transfer bytes from the file to the ZIP file
              int len;
              while ((len = in.read(buf)) > 0) {
                  out.write(buf, 0, len);
              }

              // Complete the entry
              out.closeEntry();
              in.close();
          }

          // Complete the ZIP file
          out.close();
      } catch (IOException e) {
      }
    }

    public static void main(String[] args) {
      new ZipStrings().zipEm();
    }

}

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LPTechAuthor Commented:
Thank you!
TimYatesCommented:
> Then I could just push the one zip file out to the browser normally??

If you are using a servlet to push this file straight out to a browser, you can use CEHJ's code, just change:

          ZipOutputStream out = new ZipOutputStream( response.getOutputStream() ) ;

and add:

          response.setContentType( "application/unknow" );
          response.setHeader( "Content-Disposition", "attachment; filename=" + outFilename ) ;

before you start zipping :-)

Tim
CEHJCommented:
:-)
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