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Spring Framework example source code file (FileEditor.java)

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The Spring Framework FileEditor.java source code

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package org.springframework.beans.propertyeditors;

import java.beans.PropertyEditorSupport;
import java.io.File;
import java.io.IOException;

import org.springframework.core.io.Resource;
import org.springframework.core.io.ResourceEditor;
import org.springframework.util.Assert;
import org.springframework.util.ResourceUtils;
import org.springframework.util.StringUtils;

 * Editor for <code>java.io.File, to directly populate a File property
 * from a Spring resource location.
 * <p>Supports Spring-style URL notation: any fully qualified standard URL
 * ("file:", "http:", etc) and Spring's special "classpath:" pseudo-URL.
 * <p>NOTE: The behavior of this editor has changed in Spring 2.0.
 * Previously, it created a File instance directly from a filename.
 * As of Spring 2.0, it takes a standard Spring resource location as input;
 * this is consistent with URLEditor and InputStreamEditor now.
 * <p>NOTE: In Spring 2.5 the following modification was made.
 * If a file name is specified without a URL prefix or without an absolute path
 * then we try to locate the file using standard ResourceLoader semantics.
 * If the file was not found, then a File instance is created assuming the file
 * name refers to a relative file location.
 * @author Juergen Hoeller
 * @author Thomas Risberg
 * @since 09.12.2003
 * @see java.io.File
 * @see org.springframework.core.io.ResourceEditor
 * @see org.springframework.core.io.ResourceLoader
 * @see URLEditor
 * @see InputStreamEditor
public class FileEditor extends PropertyEditorSupport {

	private final ResourceEditor resourceEditor;

	 * Create a new FileEditor,
	 * using the default ResourceEditor underneath.
	public FileEditor() {
		this.resourceEditor = new ResourceEditor();

	 * Create a new FileEditor,
	 * using the given ResourceEditor underneath.
	 * @param resourceEditor the ResourceEditor to use
	public FileEditor(ResourceEditor resourceEditor) {
		Assert.notNull(resourceEditor, "ResourceEditor must not be null");
		this.resourceEditor = resourceEditor;

	public void setAsText(String text) throws IllegalArgumentException {
		// Check whether we got an absolute file path without "file:" prefix.
		// For backwards compatibility, we'll consider those as straight file path.
		if (StringUtils.hasText(text) && !ResourceUtils.isUrl(text)) {
			File file = new File(text);
			if (file.isAbsolute()) {

		// Proceed with standard resource location parsing.
		Resource resource = (Resource) this.resourceEditor.getValue();
		// Non URLs will be treated as relative paths if the resource was not found
		if(ResourceUtils.isUrl(text) || resource.exists()) {
			try {
				setValue(resource != null ? resource.getFile() : null);
			catch (IOException ex) {
				throw new IllegalArgumentException(
						"Could not retrieve File for " + resource + ": " + ex.getMessage());
		else {
			// Create a relative File reference and hope for the best
			File file = new File(text);

	public String getAsText() {
		File value = (File) getValue();
		return (value != null ? value.getPath() : "");


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