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   Re: file URLs again

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  • From: "Don Park" <donpark@quake.net>
  • To: "Tim Bray" <tbray@textuality.com>, <xml-dev@ic.ac.uk>
  • Date: Sat, 7 Feb 1998 14:04:33 -0800


Try this:

public URL createFileURL (String fileName) {
    File file = new File(fileName);
    try {
        String path = file.getAbsolutePath();
        char sep = File.separatorChar;
        if (sep != '/')
            path = path.replace(sep, '/');
        if (path.charAt(0) == '/')
            path = "file://" + path;
            path = "file:///" + path;
        return new URL(path);
    catch (MalformedURLException e) {
        return null;

I wish File.getCanonicalPath() could have been used instead of
getAbsolutePath() but it throws exception if the file does not exist.  If
that is the behavior you want, replace getAbsolutePath() with

I have used File.separatorChar instead of File.separator or even
getProperty("file.separator") because I don't know of any system that has
multicharacter separators.  It will be a lot more messy if you want to
handle that case as well.

Hope this helps,

Don Park

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