Re: Trying to Understand Purpose of a Catch Block for IOException in the Presence of One for FileNotFound

KevinSimonson <>
Fri, 12 Aug 2011 11:19:40 -0700 (PDT)
On Aug 12, 9:57 am, markspace <-@.> wrote:

On 8/12/2011 8:39 AM, KevinSimonson wrote:

I would appreciate any information anyone can give me on this.

I'm with Knute here: tl;dr, Show us the code!

I've actually written a number of different programs trying to find
something that I can run that will throw an exception that is a
<IOException> but not a <FileNotFoundException>. I've tried to open a
file for input when I don't have read access to the file. I've tried
to open a file for output when the file exists and I don't have write
access to the file. I've opened a file for input, done a "chmod u-r
<filename>" while the program's running, and then tried to close the
file. I've opened a file for output, done a "chmod u-w <filename>"
while the program's running, and then tried to close the file. Do any
of you want me to dig up some of those files?

Most recently I tried writing a Java program that opens a file but
then closes it without writing anything to it, that results in an
empty file, and then opens the same file and tries to read a line from
it. But that results in a <NoSuchElementException> getting thrown,
not an <IOException>. I don't think that file will help anyone.

Perhaps the best bet would be one I wrote back on 8 August:

import java.util.Scanner;

public class Cf
  private static void prompt ( BufferedReader userInput
                             , String prmpt)
    System.out.print( prmpt + "? ");
    { userInput.readLine();
    catch (IOException excptn)

  public static void main ( String[] arguments)
    if (arguments.length == 2)
    { int lineCount = 0;
      boolean srcOpnd = false;
      { BufferedReader usrInpt
                     = new BufferedReader( new
        prompt( usrInpt, "Construct source");
        Scanner source = new Scanner( new File( arguments[ 0]));
        srcOpnd = true;
        prompt( usrInpt, "Construct destination");
        PrintWriter dstntn
                  = new PrintWriter
                      ( new BufferedWriter( new
FileWriter( arguments[ 1])));
        String textLine;
        for (;;)
        { prompt( usrInpt, "Call <hasNextLine()>");
          if (! source.hasNextLine())
          { break;
          prompt( usrInpt, "Read line");
          textLine = source.nextLine();
          prompt( usrInpt, "Write line");
          dstntn.println( textLine);
        prompt( usrInpt, "Close files");
        prompt( usrInpt, "All done");
      catch (FileNotFoundException excptn)
      { System.out.println();
        System.out.println( "Couldn't open file!");
        System.out.println( "<srcOpnd> == " + srcOpnd + '.');
      catch (IOException excptn)
      { System.out.println();
        System.out.println( "I/O problem with file!");
        System.out.println( "<srcOpnd> == " + srcOpnd + '.');
    { System.out.println( "Usage is\n java Cf <source>

Functionally, it copies the contents of a file to another file, but it
stops at every significant part of the process and prompts for user
input. It doesn't _require any information_ from the user; all the
user has to do is hit the <Enter> key; all it does is let the user
delay execution of certain parts of the program until s/he has changed
permissions on the original file or the copy if s/he chooses to do so.

So try running this program and doing various things to the two
files. If you can find something that actually generates a
<IOException>, please, _please_, let me know what you did!

Kevin Simonson

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