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Placing XML on the classpath

Prash Singh
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Joined: Aug 23, 2009
Posts: 103

Dear All,

I am having a problem dealing with this issue, Don't know whether it is feasible or not.
The situation is , I have a jar that reads a specific xml file from the class path using the following code.

The jar which I have developed will be used in multiple environments like servlets , swing etc.

The restriction I have here is that the "TO_BE_READ.xml" file has to be in a jar or to be placed along with the class that reads it.

My question is , Is it possible to place that xml file separate from the classes.
Like, if I am putting jar on class path of an application, then is it possible for the jar to locate and read the xml file with in the application.


Stephan van Hulst

Joined: Sep 20, 2010
Posts: 3899

Jars don't locate anything. They're just hunks of data. You're also mixing up references to two different Jars: The Jar you're developing and one that contains the XML file. Please be more clear in which you are referring to, when you explain your requirements.

Now, what I understand what you want to do is read a file that's stored in a Jar file, which is on the classpath.

If you know that the file will always be bundled together with a specific (related) class, you can invoke getResourceAsStream() on the class literal (e.g. MyClass.class.getResourceAsStream("/directory/file.xml");).

If the xml file has no related class, then you can use the system class loader to get the resource: ClassLoader.getSystemResourceAsStream().

A third and more troublesome way is to handle the Jar file directly, using the java.util.jar.JarFile class.

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