Getting Only the End Content of a File in Java

Posted on 2006-06-25
Last Modified: 2010-03-31
Hi everyone,

I was wondering if it was possible to get only the last 10K of a file content instead of reading the entire file to save memory.  Can anyone point me to the right direction, or maybe share some basic code that would do this?  That would be so cool.

Thank you so much,

Jazon from Fort Myers, FL
Question by:piratepatrol
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ID: 16979705
You can use a RandomAccessFile. Seek to the end of the file and then seek and read backwards
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Expert Comment

ID: 16979712
You can use RandomAccessFile from
Using that Object You can open a file and move the file pointer whereever You want using the seek(long l) function.
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StillUnAware earned 230 total points
ID: 16979728
It would look something like that:

    RandomAccessFile raf = new RandomAccessFile("filename", "rw");
    byte[] buf = new byte[raf.length() > 10000 ? 10000 : (int)raf.length()];;;
    System.out.println(new String(buf));
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CEHJ earned 230 total points
ID: 16979775
Here you go

            public static byte[] tail(File f, int length) {
                  RandomAccessFile raf = null;
                  byte[] result = null;
                  try {
                        raf = new RandomAccessFile(f, "r");
                        result = new byte[length];
                        int pointer = (int)f.length();
               - length);
                  catch(Exception e) {
                  finally {
                        if (raf != null) {
                              try { raf.close(); } catch(IOException e) { e.printStackTrace(); }
                  return result;
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by:Mayank S
ID: 16981216
Is that somebody's homework done ;-) ?
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by:Mayank S
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Expert Comment

ID: 16981639
>> Is that somebody's homework done ;-) ?

Wouldn't have thought so - not a very homeworky question ;-)

>>CEHJ, you want to speak on Stringbuffers ;-) ?

Have done ;-)

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by:Mayank S
ID: 16981691
Thanks :)

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You're all so wonderful!  Thank you so much!

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