Re: How to append "test" to a filename (after path and before extension)?

Eric Sosman <esosman@ieee-dot-org.invalid>
Thu, 25 Aug 2011 07:30:02 -0400
On 8/25/2011 5:50 AM, Jochen Brenzlinger wrote:

Let's start with a filename which is stored in a String variable e.g.

String fn = "D:\project\java\testproj\log2011.log"

     Aside: Those backslash characters need some attention ...

I want to append "test" to the file basename but keep path and extension.
The resulting filename for the example above should be:

string fn2 = "D:\project\java\testproj\log2011test.log"

How can I do this programmatically from Java?

     A bare-bones approach:

    int dot = fn.lastIndexOf('.');
    String fn2 = fn.substring(0, dot) + "test" + fn.substring(dot);

In actual use you'd want some sanity checking to be sure the '.'
is in fact present and is after the last '\', so you wouldn't
get fooled by


You could guard against such things by using fn.lastIndexOf('\\')
to locate the rightmost back-slash and checking that the '.' does
in fact appear even further right. However, I think you're better
off using the File class to chop up and reassemble file names in a
(mostly) platform-independent way, e.g.

    File base = new File(fn);
    String name = base.getName(); // handles / or \ or whatever
    int dot = name.lastIndexOf('.');
    String newname = (dot < 0) ? name + "test"
        : name.substring(0, dot) + "test" + name.substring(dot);
    File test = new File(base.getParentFile(), newname);
    String fn2 = test.getPath(); // if needed

This may seem like a lot of running around for little effect, but
it protects you from some unpleasant surprises in the long run.

Eric Sosman

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