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Thread: problems with equals method.

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    Default problems with equals method.

    When i use the following code, the equals mehod return true if i use numbers , if i use a string as given in the code the method always returns false what could be the reason. The store.txt file contains the following lines as given. If i give the equal string as 1000 the match is produced and if i give as kp or kkn the output always states no match .


    import java.io.*;
    class home
    public static void main(String args[])
    // Open the file that is the first
    // command line parameter
    FileInputStream fstream = new FileInputStream("store.txt");
    // Get the object of DataInputStream
    DataInputStream in = new DataInputStream(fstream);
    BufferedReader br = new BufferedReader(new InputStreamReader(in));
    String strLine;
    int value=0;
    //Read File Line By Line
    while ((strLine = br.readLine()) != null)
    // Print the content on the console

    System.out.println (strLine);
    System.out.println("Match found");

    value = Integer.parseInt(strLine);
    System.out.println("No match");
    //Close the input stream
    catch (Exception e){//Catch exception if any
    System.err.println("Error: " + e.getMessage());


    Plz help me out

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    Super Moderator Norm's Avatar
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    Default Re: problems with equals method.

    Add a println statement just before the equals statement and print out the String being compared in the equals method so you can see what the computer is seeing. Be sure to add delimiters on both sides fo the String:
    (">" + theString +"<" ):
    That should explain what is happening.

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    Default Re: problems with equals method.

    Try using a
    strLine = (br.readLine().trim())
    The trim method as part of the String library will remove any whitespace characters on the line you read into the buffer. Hope this helps
    Last edited by hackthisred; April 29th, 2012 at 11:15 PM.
    f34r th3 kut3 1z

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