org.xml.sax.SAXParseException XML declaration may only begin entities

I get this error:

org.xml.sax.SAXParseException: XML declaration may only begin entities.

From this line:
document = factory.newDocumentBuilder().parse(new File(arg));

Where arg = "C:\TransferComm\32\inbox\grantoverby31.xml"

This worked at one point and is now broken. I'm clueless.

Please help quickly. This is an issue on a production server.
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Mick BarryJava DeveloperCommented:
Have you made any changes to the xml file?

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Make sure you have no comments before the prologue
And make sure you haven't opened it in an editor that has left binary characters at the beginning of the file or any whitespace
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Mick BarryJava DeveloperCommented:
If you have made changes to the xml, then first step would be to roll back the changes on your prod server.
Then do a diff on the working file against the latest, that will show exactly what is causing the problem.
modsiwAuthor Commented:
Someone made changes to the XML writer with out my knowledge (legacy system). The first character of the documents was a CR, which wasn't being displayed in my editor.

Thanks for the replies guys.
>>The first character of the documents was a CR, which wasn't being displayed in my editor.

( As i mentioned at http:Q_21679737.html#15581050 )
modsiwAuthor Commented:
True enough.

The reason I accepted Object's answer was because it lead to the correct answer before you posted. I was a bit slow with my reply and awarding points because I was busy dealing with other things.

You were both right. Many thanks for your reply CEHJ and all of the other help you've left in the PAQs. Objects simply read the question and replied with a suitable solution first :(
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