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    Default Copying and moving files and directories

    I have been trying to learn how to copy and move files and directories and have tried many resources yet cannot seem to do it for some reason.
    This is the latest code that is not working.
    public class Serializer {
     
       public static void main(String[]args){
     
    	File aFile = new File("c:\\Users\\HASEEB\\agent.txt");
    	if(aFile.renameTo(new File("c:\\address\\" + aFile.getName()))){
    		System.out.println("File moved successfully");
    	}else{
    		System.out.println("File could not be moved");
    	}
    	}   
    }
    Here I'm trying to move agent.txt into the directory called address though keep getting file not moved.


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    Default Re: Copying and moving files and directories

    From the API:

    public boolean renameTo(File dest)

    Renames the file denoted by this abstract pathname.

    Many aspects of the behavior of this method are inherently platform-dependent: The rename operation might not be able to move a file from one filesystem to another, it might not be atomic, and it might not succeed if a file with the destination abstract pathname already exists. The return value should always be checked to make sure that the rename operation was successful.

    Note that the Files class defines the move method to move or rename a file in a platform independent manner.

    Parameters:
    dest - The new abstract pathname for the named file
    Returns:
    true if and only if the renaming succeeded; false otherwise
    Throws:
    SecurityException - If a security manager exists and its SecurityManager.checkWrite(java.lang.String) method denies write access to either the old or new pathnames
    NullPointerException - If parameter dest is null
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