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ArrayList of filenames

Conrad McLaughlin

Joined: Jan 31, 2006
Posts: 27
Is it possible to an arraylist (string) of the names of files within a directory? eg. textfiles

i'm guessing you would need a while loop. but how to use fileinputreader?
Keith Lynn
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Joined: Feb 07, 2005
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In the java.io.File class there is a method called list() which will return a String array containing all the files and directories within the java.io.File if it is a directory.
Conrad McLaughlin

Joined: Jan 31, 2006
Posts: 27
Thanks. I'm trying to work with it now.

but i keep getting:

Any tips on how to actually write the code to save filenames in string array?
Conrad McLaughlin

Joined: Jan 31, 2006
Posts: 27
I solved the problem:

Thanks for the help.
Layne Lund
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Joined: Dec 06, 2001
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Note that there is also a listFiles() method that returns an array of File objects. I often find that this is much more useful since I typically need File objects to deal with the files rather than just Strings representing their names. Also, it saves the step of creating my own File object for each String.

For more information, you should check out the Java API docs. These are always helpful to figure out the methods in a given class. Of course you have to know where to look, so that's why you should practice navigating them.


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