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Printing tab characters

Gaurav Chikara
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Joined: Jun 09, 2000
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I have tab characters stored as delemitors in a string like

String str = "\t\t";

When I use Printstream and try to print tab .My intention is to created tab seperations in file but
when i see file comes up like this


But when I use ps.write("\t\t"); (Putting value directly in printstream
My results are correct as expected


Is there a way we can get the first case working ?

Thanks in advance

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Mos Jeff

Joined: Sep 15, 2010
Posts: 14
tab characters are ASCII characters (ASCII 0x09), not Strings, try using Java's Formatter class through String.format.

Wouter Oet
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Can you post the code that causes the wrong output?

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marc weber

Joined: Aug 31, 2004
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Gaurav Chikara wrote:...when I use ps.write("\t\t"); ... results are correct as expected...

I'm a little confused about how you're successfully using ps.write("\t\t"), because PrintStream's write method using a String parameter is private.

The public write methods take an int or a byte[]. Regarding these, the API says, "Note that the bytes will be written as given; to write characters that will be translated according to the platform's default character encoding, use the print(char) or println(char) methods."

So can you use a print method instead?

The following works for me (using the print method with a String parameter)...

Or am I missing something obvious...?

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