Java.io.RandomAccessFile.readLine() Method

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Description

The java.io.RandomAccessFile.readLine() method reads the next line of text from this file. This method successively reads bytes from the file, starting at the current file pointer, until it reaches a line terminator or the end of the file. Each byte is converted into a character by taking the byte's value for the lower eight bits of the character and setting the high eight bits of the character to zero.

Declaration

Following is the declaration for java.io.RandomAccessFile.readLine() method

public final String readLine()

Parameters

  • NA

Return Value

This method returns the next line of text from this file, or null if end of file is encountered before even one byte is read.

Exception

  • IOException -- if an I/O error occurs.

Example

The following example shows the usage of java.io.RandomAccessFile.readLine() method.

package com.tutorialspoint;

import java.io.*;

public class RandomAccessFileDemo {

   public static void main(String[] args) {
      try {
         // create a new RandomAccessFile with filename test
         RandomAccessFile raf = new RandomAccessFile("c:/test.txt", "rw");

         // write something in the file
         raf.writeUTF("Hello World");

         // set the file pointer at 0 position
         raf.seek(0);

         // print the line
         System.out.println("" + raf.readLine());

         // set the file pointer at 0 position
         raf.seek(0);

         // write something in the file
         raf.writeUTF("This is an example \n Hello World");

         raf.seek(0);
         // print the line
         System.out.println("" + raf.readLine());
      } catch (IOException ex) {
         ex.printStackTrace();
      }

   }
}

Assuming we have a text file c:/test.txt, which has the following content. This file will be used as an input for our example program:

ABCDE  

Let us compile and run the above program, this will produce the following result:

Hello World
This is an example



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