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location of a property file

Annette L'Heureux
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Joined: Dec 07, 2000
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I just can't seem to get this darn thing working!
I have a .properties file that I created, and I wasn't sure where to put it so I put it in the folder where I keep my regular html files. I did this because I need to be able to call it, and I figured I could just do this:
With my regular html files, anything after the "/" is looked for in this particular folder. Right?
Is this what's supposed to be done? Why can't anything be read off the file?
Thanks again,
Thomas Paul
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Are you talking about the file in the program sample that I gave you? If so, that can go in any directory but you must pass in that directory when you invoke the connectToDatabase() method.

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Nick Heudecker
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Joined: Jul 09, 2000
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Not too sure what the problem is, but this is a method I use often to load a properties file from the filesystem:

It can obviously be improved, but as long as the directory that contains the properties file is a directory listed in your classpath, you application will be able to find it.

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Bhupinder Dhillon
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Joined: Oct 12, 2000
Posts: 124
This one ticked me off for a long time until I finally read it in
java spec., I think! If you just want to get a list of properties
in the file and use it somewhere in your java program then why don't you use java.util.ResourceBundle? It's much more convenient and easy to use.
If is a top class (not in a package):
ResourceBundle rb = ResourceBundle.getBundle(">);
If is in the same package as the class accessing it:
ResourceBundle rb = ResourceBundle.getBundle(">);
If is in a package named com.mypackage and you are accessing it from some other package:
ResourceBundle rb = ResourceBundle.getBundle("com/mypackage/>);
To get a property:
String propValue = rb.getString("propertyName");
Much more easier, ain't it?
Peter den Haan
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Joined: Apr 20, 2000
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Originally posted by Nick Heudecker:
Not too sure what the problem is, but this is a method I use often to load a properties file from the filesystem:

If this properties file is part of a J2EE web-app then Servlet.getServletConfig().getServletContext().getResource*() is more appropriate, I think.
- Peter

I agree. Here's the link:
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