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Thread: Java program to read last line of a file

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    Default Java program to read last line of a file

    This program will output the last line of the file 'file.txt'

    import java.io.BufferedReader;
    import java.io.FileInputStream;
    import java.io.InputStreamReader;
    public class ReadLastLine{
     public static void main(String[] args) throws Exception {
      FileInputStream in = new FileInputStream("file.txt");
      BufferedReader br = new BufferedReader(new InputStreamReader(in));
      String strLine = null, tmp;
      while ((tmp = br.readLine()) != null)
         strLine = tmp;
      String lastLine = strLine;
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    Default Re: How to Read the last line of a file

    I found there is another way of doing this.

    RandomAccessFile rfile = new RandomAccessFile(file,"r"); 
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    FileInputStream fis=new FileInputStream("D:\\ test\\sample.txt");
    String fileContent = new Scanner(fis).useDelimiter("\\Z").next()

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    Default Re: How to Read the last line of a file

    Yeah if you use the BufferedReader and you have a file which might be a couple of gigabyte in size, first of all your JVM will need a lot of memory and it will take you a while to do.

    RandomAccess might be the better way to go.

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