Turning a JTextArea into a InputStream

Tue, 1 Jul 2008 02:33:35 -0700 (PDT)
I've been trying to convert a JTextArea into an InputStream with
almost no success. After trying to google for a few results any that I
have found have been of little use.

The idea is to use the JSch to SSH using a JTextArea as an Input and
another as an Output (with the possibility in the future of linking
them together). I have been able to make the Output work with the
following coe segments:

PrintStream out = new PrintStream(new

    final class TextAreaOutputStream extends OutputStream {
        private final JTextArea textArea;
        private final StringBuilder sb = new StringBuilder();
        public TextAreaOutputStream(final JTextArea textArea) {
        this.textArea = textArea;
        public void write(int b) throws IOException {
            if (b == '\r') { return; }
            if (b == '\n') {

However my attempts with something similar for an InputStream have
been largely unsuccessful. Based upon a forum entry on the
java.sun.com forum I tried to implement the following:

    final class TextAreaInputStream extends InputStream implements
KeyListener {
        String lastLine;
        int lastKeyCode;
        JTextArea txtInput;
        Object mKeyLock = new Object();
        Object mLineLock = new Object();
        private TextAreaInputStream(JTextArea txtInput) {
            this.txtInput = txtInput;
        public String readLine() {
            synchronized(mLineLock) {
                try {
                } catch (InterruptedException ex) {
            return lastLine;
        public int read() {
            synchronized(mKeyLock) {
                try {
                } catch (InterruptedException ex) {
            return lastKeyCode;
        public void keyReleased(KeyEvent e) { }
        public void keyTyped(KeyEvent e) { }
        public void keyPressed(KeyEvent e) {
            lastKeyCode = e.getKeyCode();
            if (lastKeyCode == KeyEvent.VK_ENTER) {
                String txt = txtInput.getText();
                int idx = txt.lastIndexOf(
                        \n', txtInput.getCaretPosition() - 1);
                lastLine = txt.substring(
                        idx != -1 ? idx : 0,
        public InputStream toInputStream() {
            return new MyInputStream();
        private class MyInputStream extends InputStream {
            public int read() {
                return TextAreaInputStream.this.read();

However I do not think this does anything...So I really just want to
be able to send commands from a JTextArea through the SSH and get the
reply, and presently I can only get the Reply if I use System.in...

If someone can guide me to a step I have missed, or perhaps get me
back on track that would be of great help to me!



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