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Posted on 2006-06-21
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Hi everyone,

I've an application that reads/writes to some text files.  When it came to packaging the application into a jar file I could not access the resources (text files) of my application using this code:

URL url = Class.forName("someclass").getResource("/resources/text/somefile.txt");
String resourcePath = url.toURI().getPath();
InputStream stream = new FileInputStream(new File(resourcePath));

Fortunately, I could easily replace it with this code:

InputStream stream = Class.forName("someclass").getResourceAsStream("/resources/text/somefile.txt");

However, I failed to find a way to get the same file into an OutputStream to be able to write to it.

Any suggestion please?
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you can not write to resources inside jar
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by:The14follower
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Thanks hoomanv.

Any article can confirm this before I accept your answer?
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by:stimpyjcat
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The resource does not exist as an independent file, which is why using a FileInputStream does not work.

If you want to rewrite the resource that exists within the jar file, you'll have to rewrite the entire jar file (which may have other complications).

If you simply want to write the resource to a new file, you need to continually read from the InputStream, writing to a FileOutputStream until the input stream reaches EOF.

If you want the "new" resource to override the old one, you can always first check for the file-based resource, then fall back to the one in the jar file.  This would be far simpler than rewriting the jar file.
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by:hoomanv
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> URL url = Class.forName("someclass").getResource("/resources/text/somefile.txt");

JarURLConnection instances can only be used to read from JAR files. It is not possible to get a OutputStream to modify or write to the underlying JAR file using this class.
from: http://java.sun.com/j2se/1.5.0/docs/api/java/net/JarURLConnection.html
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by:CEHJ
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You can't write to a jar. You need to write to a file then rejar it
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by:sciuriware
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The14follower, please believe all above.

;JOOP!
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by:The14follower
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Thanks again,

It wasn't a matter of believing the answer.  Delaying that acceptance was just to gather other experts' ideas.

It seems that my application needs to be revised to dump its dynamic resources outside the jar file.
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