Interface FileLocationStrategy

All Known Implementing Classes:
AbsoluteNameLocationStrategy, BasePathLocationStrategy, ClasspathLocationStrategy, CombinedLocationStrategy, FileSystemLocationStrategy, HomeDirectoryLocationStrategy, ProvidedURLLocationStrategy

public interface FileLocationStrategy

An interface allowing applications to customize the process of locating a file.

FileHandler uses FileLocator objects for referencing files. These objects are not guaranteed to identify a file in a unique way. For instance, if only a file name is defined, this could mean a relative file name in the current directory, the name of a resource to be loaded from the class path, or something else. Before the file described by a FileLocator can be actually accessed, an unambiguous URL pointing to this file has to be obtained. This is the job of a FileLocationStrategy.

This interface defines a method for locating a file provided as a FileLocator object. If location is successful, a URL is returned. A concrete implementation can perform arbitrary actions to search for the file in question at various places. There will also be an implementation allowing the combination of multiple FileLocationStrategy implementations; so a file can be searched using multiple strategies until one of them is successful.

  • Method Summary

    Modifier and Type
    locate(FileSystem fileSystem, FileLocator locator)
    Tries to locate the specified file.
  • Method Details

    • locate

      URL locate(FileSystem fileSystem, FileLocator locator)
      Tries to locate the specified file. The method also expects the FileSystem to be used. Note that the FileLocator object may also contain a FileSystem, but this is optional. The passed in FileSystem should be used, and callers must not pass a null reference for this argument. A concrete implementation has to evaluate the properties stored in the FileLocator object and try to match them to an existing file. If this can be done, a corresponding URL is returned. Otherwise, result is null. Implementations should not throw an exception (unless parameters are null) as there might be alternative strategies which can find the file in question.
      fileSystem - the FileSystem to be used for this operation
      locator - the object describing the file to be located
      a URL pointing to the referenced file if location was successful; null if the file could not be resolved