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This file is present under the location and is accessible when I click folder by folder and finally reach the "classes" folder, but when I copy the whole path to the browser and try to open it, it gives me a "unable to find file" error.
Likewise, my code throws a FileNotFound Exception, any ideas on why although the link exists, I cant access it when I try to copy the whole link?
You can put replacer.properties along your classpath and your JVM should pick it up based on the relative reference to the filename alone. If you need to use an absolute path, try java.net.URLDecoder to resolve your %20s.