I am trying to access a user's home directory to views their .newsrc file, and if one isn't there than I want to create one. This is to be implemented in a NewsReader application. ANy help is appreciated!
Nope. If you want to know if a file exists then there's a method in the File class that tells you whether the file exists. But probably you haven't looked at the documentation for the File class. Have a look through there and see if you can find that method.