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Java - code to ignore if file exists

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HI:
I have a java app which takes a file from directory a, manipulates it, and copies the finished file to directory b. Works nicely, too - unless the file already exists. In that event the contents of the destination file are doubled up - an append, if you like.
Is there a java way of saying "if destination file already exists, do nothing; else do some code"
I enclose copies of my java code filesplitter.txt (yes I am a novice!), the source file (added 's' at end of number) and the destination file ('d'). If I run the code then the size of destination file will double - I need it only once.
Thanks!
182277s.txt
filesplitter.txt
182277d.txt
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Question by:ClaytonGlass
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Thanks CEHJ but I am not sure where to put the code. The app creates the file during a while loop; inserting the file.exists() in the loop simply truncates the loop. I am guessing that I need to run my file.exists() outside the loop - which suggest I need to duplicate the naming process earlier. I was hoping there may be an easier way; if anybody knows it...thanks anyway!
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zzynx earned 350 total points
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Try replacing

 if(fw != null) fw.close();
 fw = new FileWriter(new File("J:\\saw\\"+curFile+ ".saw"), true);

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 if(fw != null) fw.close();
 File outputFile = new File("J:\\saw\\"+curFile+ ".saw");
 if (!outputFile.exists()) {
   fw = new FileWriter(outputFile, true);
 }

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by:ClaytonGlass
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Thanks you very much! and CEHJ, too!
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You're welcome.
Thanx 4 axxepting
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