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    Default Making computer independent file path

    How can I add some files into my project that will have file path independent from computer on which program is executed. I mean, I am using file "Names.txt" located on desktop and in order to read/write in it I have to use file-path something like "C:\\Users\\XYZ\\Desktop\\Names.txt" where XYZ is user-name dependent.
    (I have created a new package called Files and saved "Names.txt" in Files Is there any "short" file path now something like "src\\Files\\Names.txt or so?)


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    Default Re: Making computer independent file path

    You could use a relative path from the 'current' directory. Have you tried: Files/Names.txt?
    Write a short test program to use various paths to see where output is written to.

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    Default Re: Making computer independent file path

    You can read/write a file relative to your project using the 'getClass().getResource()' function (see Class ). For example, if your class is named File/MyClass, then
    MyClass cl = new MyClass();
    URL file = cl.getClass().getResource();
    File myFile = new File(file.toURI());
    the URL gives the path to the file. This should allow you to read/write to a file in the File package.

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    Default Re: Making computer independent file path

    It helped Norm I created one output file with name "Dndndndn.txt" and found where it was saved.

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