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FileChannel

public abstract class FileChannel
extends AbstractInterruptibleChannel implements SeekableByteChannel, GatheringByteChannel, ScatteringByteChannel

java.lang.Object
   ↳ java.nio.channels.spi.AbstractInterruptibleChannel
     ↳ java.nio.channels.FileChannel


A channel for reading, writing, mapping, and manipulating a file.

A file channel is a SeekableByteChannel that is connected to a file. It has a current position within its file which can be both queried and modified. The file itself contains a variable-length sequence of bytes that can be read and written and whose current size can be queried. The size of the file increases when bytes are written beyond its current size; the size of the file decreases when it is truncated. The file may also have some associated metadata such as access permissions, content type, and last-modification time; this class does not define methods for metadata access.

In addition to the familiar read, write, and close operations of byte channels, this class defines the following file-specific operations:

  • Bytes may be read or written at an absolute position in a file in a way that does not affect the channel's current position.

  • A region of a file may be mapped directly into memory; for large files this is often much more efficient than invoking the usual read or write methods.

  • Updates made to a file may be forced out to the underlying storage device, ensuring that data are not lost in the event of a system crash.

  • Bytes can be transferred from a file to some other channel, and vice versa, in a way that can be optimized by many operating systems into a very fast transfer directly to or from the filesystem cache.

  • A region of a file may be locked against access by other programs.

File channels are safe for use by multiple concurrent threads. The close method may be invoked at any time, as specified by the Channel interface. Only one operation that involves the channel's position or can change its file's size may be in progress at any given time; attempts to initiate a second such operation while the first is still in progress will block until the first operation completes. Other operations, in particular those that take an explicit position, may proceed concurrently; whether they in fact do so is dependent upon the underlying implementation and is therefore unspecified.

The view of a file provided by an instance of this class is guaranteed to be consistent with other views of the same file provided by other instances in the same program. The view provided by an instance of this class may or may not, however, be consistent with the views seen by other concurrently-running programs due to caching performed by the underlying operating system and delays induced by network-filesystem protocols. This is true regardless of the language in which these other programs are written, and whether they are running on the same machine or on some other machine. The exact nature of any such inconsistencies are system-dependent and are therefore unspecified.

A file channel can be obtained from an existing FileInputStream, FileOutputStream, or RandomAccessFile object by invoking that object's getChannel method, which returns a file channel that is connected to the same underlying file. Where the file channel is obtained from an existing stream or random access file then the state of the file channel is intimately connected to that of the object whose getChannel method returned the channel. Changing the channel's position, whether explicitly or by reading or writing bytes, will change the file position of the originating object, and vice versa. Changing the file's length via the file channel will change the length seen via the originating object, and vice versa. Changing the file's content by writing bytes will change the content seen by the originating object, and vice versa.

At various points this class specifies that an instance that is "open for reading," "open for writing," or "open for reading and writing" is required. A channel obtained via the getChannel method of a FileInputStream instance will be open for reading. A channel obtained via the getChannel method of a FileOutputStream instance will be open for writing. Finally, a channel obtained via the getChannel method of a RandomAccessFile instance will be open for reading if the instance was created with mode "r" and will be open for reading and writing if the instance was created with mode "rw".

A file channel that is open for writing may be in append mode, for example if it was obtained from a file-output stream that was created by invoking the FileOutputStream(File,boolean) constructor and passing true for the second parameter. In this mode each invocation of a relative write operation first advances the position to the end of the file and then writes the requested data. Whether the advancement of the position and the writing of the data are done in a single atomic operation is system-dependent and therefore unspecified.

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Summary

Nested classes

class FileChannel.MapMode

A typesafe enumeration for file-mapping modes. 

Protected constructors

FileChannel()

Initializes a new instance of this class.

Public methods

abstract void force(boolean metaData)

Forces any updates to this channel's file to be written to the storage device that contains it.

abstract FileLock lock(long position, long size, boolean shared)

Acquires a lock on the given region of this channel's file.

final FileLock lock()

Acquires an exclusive lock on this channel's file.

abstract MappedByteBuffer map(FileChannel.MapMode mode, long position, long size)

Maps a region of this channel's file directly into memory.

abstract FileChannel position(long newPosition)

Sets this channel's file position.

abstract long position()

Returns this channel's file position.

abstract long read(ByteBuffer[] dsts, int offset, int length)

Reads a sequence of bytes from this channel into a subsequence of the given buffers.

abstract int read(ByteBuffer dst)

Reads a sequence of bytes from this channel into the given buffer.

final long read(ByteBuffer[] dsts)

Reads a sequence of bytes from this channel into the given buffers.

abstract int read(ByteBuffer dst, long position)

Reads a sequence of bytes from this channel into the given buffer, starting at the given file position.

abstract long size()

Returns the current size of this channel's file.

abstract long transferFrom(ReadableByteChannel src, long position, long count)

Transfers bytes into this channel's file from the given readable byte channel.

abstract long transferTo(long position, long count, WritableByteChannel target)

Transfers bytes from this channel's file to the given writable byte channel.

abstract FileChannel truncate(long size)

Truncates this channel's file to the given size.

abstract FileLock tryLock(long position, long size, boolean shared)

Attempts to acquire a lock on the given region of this channel's file.

final FileLock tryLock()

Attempts to acquire an exclusive lock on this channel's file.

abstract int write(ByteBuffer src)

Writes a sequence of bytes to this channel from the given buffer.

abstract int write(ByteBuffer src, long position)

Writes a sequence of bytes to this channel from the given buffer, starting at the given file position.

final long write(ByteBuffer[] srcs)

Writes a sequence of bytes to this channel from the given buffers.

abstract long write(ByteBuffer[] srcs, int offset, int length)

Writes a sequence of bytes to this channel from a subsequence of the given buffers.

Inherited methods

From class java.nio.channels.spi.AbstractInterruptibleChannel
From class java.lang.Object
From interface java.nio.channels.Channel
From interface java.nio.channels.InterruptibleChannel
From interface java.nio.channels.SeekableByteChannel
From interface java.nio.channels.GatheringByteChannel
From interface java.nio.channels.ScatteringByteChannel
From interface java.io.Closeable
From interface java.nio.channels.WritableByteChannel
From interface java.nio.channels.ReadableByteChannel
From interface java.lang.AutoCloseable

Protected constructors

FileChannel

Added in API level 1
FileChannel ()

Initializes a new instance of this class.

Public methods

force

Added in API level 1
void force (boolean metaData)

Forces any updates to this channel's file to be written to the storage device that contains it.

If this channel's file resides on a local storage device then when this method returns it is guaranteed that all changes made to the file since this channel was created, or since this method was last invoked, will have been written to that device. This is useful for ensuring that critical information is not lost in the event of a system crash.

If the file does not reside on a local device then no such guarantee is made.

The metaData parameter can be used to limit the number of I/O operations that this method is required to perform. Passing false for this parameter indicates that only updates to the file's content need be written to storage; passing true indicates that updates to both the file's content and metadata must be written, which generally requires at least one more I/O operation. Whether this parameter actually has any effect is dependent upon the underlying operating system and is therefore unspecified.

Invoking this method may cause an I/O operation to occur even if the channel was only opened for reading. Some operating systems, for example, maintain a last-access time as part of a file's metadata, and this time is updated whenever the file is read. Whether or not this is actually done is system-dependent and is therefore unspecified.

This method is only guaranteed to force changes that were made to this channel's file via the methods defined in this class. It may or may not force changes that were made by modifying the content of a mapped byte buffer obtained by invoking the map method. Invoking the force method of the mapped byte buffer will force changes made to the buffer's content to be written.

Parameters
metaData boolean: If true then this method is required to force changes to both the file's content and metadata to be written to storage; otherwise, it need only force content changes to be written
Throws
ClosedChannelException If this channel is closed
IOException If some other I/O error occurs

lock

Added in API level 1
FileLock lock (long position, 
                long size, 
                boolean shared)

Acquires a lock on the given region of this channel's file.

An invocation of this method will block until the region can be locked, this channel is closed, or the invoking thread is interrupted, whichever comes first.

If this channel is closed by another thread during an invocation of this method then an AsynchronousCloseException will be thrown.

If the invoking thread is interrupted while waiting to acquire the lock then its interrupt status will be set and a FileLockInterruptionException will be thrown. If the invoker's interrupt status is set when this method is invoked then that exception will be thrown immediately; the thread's interrupt status will not be changed.

The region specified by the position and size parameters need not be contained within, or even overlap, the actual underlying file. Lock regions are fixed in size; if a locked region initially contains the end of the file and the file grows beyond the region then the new portion of the file will not be covered by the lock. If a file is expected to grow in size and a lock on the entire file is required then a region starting at zero, and no smaller than the expected maximum size of the file, should be locked. The zero-argument lock() method simply locks a region of size MAX_VALUE.

Some operating systems do not support shared locks, in which case a request for a shared lock is automatically converted into a request for an exclusive lock. Whether the newly-acquired lock is shared or exclusive may be tested by invoking the resulting lock object's isShared method.

File locks are held on behalf of the entire Java virtual machine. They are not suitable for controlling access to a file by multiple threads within the same virtual machine.

Parameters
position long: The position at which the locked region is to start; must be non-negative
size long: The size of the locked region; must be non-negative, and the sum position + size must be non-negative
shared boolean: true to request a shared lock, in which case this channel must be open for reading (and possibly writing); false to request an exclusive lock, in which case this channel must be open for writing (and possibly reading)
Returns
FileLock A lock object representing the newly-acquired lock
Throws
IllegalArgumentException If the preconditions on the parameters do not hold
ClosedChannelException If this channel is closed
AsynchronousCloseException If another thread closes this channel while the invoking thread is blocked in this method
FileLockInterruptionException If the invoking thread is interrupted while blocked in this method
OverlappingFileLockException If a lock that overlaps the requested region is already held by this Java virtual machine, or if another thread is already blocked in this method and is attempting to lock an overlapping region
NonReadableChannelException If shared is true this channel was not opened for reading
NonWritableChannelException If shared is false but this channel was not opened for writing
IOException If some other I/O error occurs

See also:

lock

Added in API level 1
FileLock lock ()

Acquires an exclusive lock on this channel's file.

An invocation of this method of the form fc.lock() behaves in exactly the same way as the invocation

     fc.lock(0L, Long.MAX_VALUE, false) 

Returns
FileLock A lock object representing the newly-acquired lock
Throws
ClosedChannelException If this channel is closed
AsynchronousCloseException If another thread closes this channel while the invoking thread is blocked in this method
FileLockInterruptionException If the invoking thread is interrupted while blocked in this method
OverlappingFileLockException If a lock that overlaps the requested region is already held by this Java virtual machine, or if another thread is already blocked in this method and is attempting to lock an overlapping region of the same file
NonWritableChannelException If this channel was not opened for writing
IOException If some other I/O error occurs

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map

Added in API level 1
MappedByteBuffer map (FileChannel.MapMode mode, 
                long position, 
                long size)

Maps a region of this channel's file directly into memory.

A region of a file may be mapped into memory in one of three modes:

  • Read-only: Any attempt to modify the resulting buffer will cause a ReadOnlyBufferException to be thrown. (MapMode.READ_ONLY)

  • Read/write: Changes made to the resulting buffer will eventually be propagated to the file; they may or may not be made visible to other programs that have mapped the same file. (MapMode.READ_WRITE)

  • Private: Changes made to the resulting buffer will not be propagated to the file and will not be visible to other programs that have mapped the same file; instead, they will cause private copies of the modified portions of the buffer to be created. (MapMode.PRIVATE)

For a read-only mapping, this channel must have been opened for reading; for a read/write or private mapping, this channel must have been opened for both reading and writing.

The mapped byte buffer returned by this method will have a position of zero and a limit and capacity of size; its mark will be undefined. The buffer and the mapping that it represents will remain valid until the buffer itself is garbage-collected.

A mapping, once established, is not dependent upon the file channel that was used to create it. Closing the channel, in particular, has no effect upon the validity of the mapping.

Many of the details of memory-mapped files are inherently dependent upon the underlying operating system and are therefore unspecified. The behavior of this method when the requested region is not completely contained within this channel's file is unspecified. Whether changes made to the content or size of the underlying file, by this program or another, are propagated to the buffer is unspecified. The rate at which changes to the buffer are propagated to the file is unspecified.

For most operating systems, mapping a file into memory is more expensive than reading or writing a few tens of kilobytes of data via the usual read and write methods. From the standpoint of performance it is generally only worth mapping relatively large files into memory.

Parameters
mode FileChannel.MapMode: One of the constants READ_ONLY, READ_WRITE, or PRIVATE defined in the FileChannel.MapMode class, according to whether the file is to be mapped read-only, read/write, or privately (copy-on-write), respectively
position long: The position within the file at which the mapped region is to start; must be non-negative
size long: The size of the region to be mapped; must be non-negative and no greater than MAX_VALUE
Returns
MappedByteBuffer The mapped byte buffer
Throws
NonReadableChannelException If the mode is READ_ONLY but this channel was not opened for reading
NonWritableChannelException If the mode is READ_WRITE or PRIVATE but this channel was not opened for both reading and writing
IllegalArgumentException If the preconditions on the parameters do not hold
IOException If some other I/O error occurs

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position

Added in API level 1
FileChannel position (long newPosition)

Sets this channel's file position.

Setting the position to a value that is greater than the file's current size is legal but does not change the size of the file. A later attempt to read bytes at such a position will immediately return an end-of-file indication. A later attempt to write bytes at such a position will cause the file to be grown to accommodate the new bytes; the values of any bytes between the previous end-of-file and the newly-written bytes are unspecified.

Parameters
newPosition long: The new position, a non-negative integer counting the number of bytes from the beginning of the file
Returns
FileChannel This file channel
Throws
ClosedChannelException If this channel is closed
IllegalArgumentException If the new position is negative
IOException If some other I/O error occurs

position

Added in API level 1
long position ()

Returns this channel's file position.

Returns
long This channel's file position, a non-negative integer counting the number of bytes from the beginning of the file to the current position
Throws
ClosedChannelException If this channel is closed
IOException If some other I/O error occurs

read

Added in API level 1
long read (ByteBuffer[] dsts, 
                int offset, 
                int length)

Reads a sequence of bytes from this channel into a subsequence of the given buffers.

Bytes are read starting at this channel's current file position, and then the file position is updated with the number of bytes actually read. Otherwise this method behaves exactly as specified in the ScatteringByteChannel interface.

Parameters
dsts ByteBuffer: The buffers into which bytes are to be transferred
offset int: The offset within the buffer array of the first buffer into which bytes are to be transferred; must be non-negative and no larger than dsts.length
length int: The maximum number of buffers to be accessed; must be non-negative and no larger than dsts.length - offset
Returns
long The number of bytes read, possibly zero, or -1 if the channel has reached end-of-stream
Throws
IOException

read

Added in API level 1
int read (ByteBuffer dst)

Reads a sequence of bytes from this channel into the given buffer.

Bytes are read starting at this channel's current file position, and then the file position is updated with the number of bytes actually read. Otherwise this method behaves exactly as specified in the ReadableByteChannel interface.

Parameters
dst ByteBuffer: The buffer into which bytes are to be transferred
Returns
int The number of bytes read, possibly zero, or -1 if the channel has reached end-of-stream
Throws
IOException

read

Added in API level 1
long read (ByteBuffer[] dsts)

Reads a sequence of bytes from this channel into the given buffers.

Bytes are read starting at this channel's current file position, and then the file position is updated with the number of bytes actually read. Otherwise this method behaves exactly as specified in the ScatteringByteChannel interface.

Parameters
dsts ByteBuffer: The buffers into which bytes are to be transferred
Returns
long The number of bytes read, possibly zero, or -1 if the channel has reached end-of-stream
Throws
IOException

read

Added in API level 1
int read (ByteBuffer dst, 
                long position)

Reads a sequence of bytes from this channel into the given buffer, starting at the given file position.

This method works in the same manner as the read(ByteBuffer) method, except that bytes are read starting at the given file position rather than at the channel's current position. This method does not modify this channel's position. If the given position is greater than the file's current size then no bytes are read.

Parameters
dst ByteBuffer: The buffer into which bytes are to be transferred
position long: The file position at which the transfer is to begin; must be non-negative
Returns
int The number of bytes read, possibly zero, or -1 if the given position is greater than or equal to the file's current size
Throws
IllegalArgumentException If the position is negative
NonReadableChannelException If this channel was not opened for reading
ClosedChannelException If this channel is closed
AsynchronousCloseException If another thread closes this channel while the read operation is in progress
ClosedByInterruptException If another thread interrupts the current thread while the read operation is in progress, thereby closing the channel and setting the current thread's interrupt status
IOException If some other I/O error occurs

size

Added in API level 1
long size ()

Returns the current size of this channel's file.

Returns
long The current size of this channel's file, measured in bytes
Throws
ClosedChannelException If this channel is closed
IOException If some other I/O error occurs

transferFrom

Added in API level 1
long transferFrom (ReadableByteChannel src, 
                long position, 
                long count)

Transfers bytes into this channel's file from the given readable byte channel.

An attempt is made to read up to count bytes from the source channel and write them to this channel's file starting at the given position. An invocation of this method may or may not transfer all of the requested bytes; whether or not it does so depends upon the natures and states of the channels. Fewer than the requested number of bytes will be transferred if the source channel has fewer than count bytes remaining, or if the source channel is non-blocking and has fewer than count bytes immediately available in its input buffer.

This method does not modify this channel's position. If the given position is greater than the file's current size then no bytes are transferred. If the source channel has a position then bytes are read starting at that position and then the position is incremented by the number of bytes read.

This method is potentially much more efficient than a simple loop that reads from the source channel and writes to this channel. Many operating systems can transfer bytes directly from the source channel into the filesystem cache without actually copying them.

Parameters
src ReadableByteChannel: The source channel
position long: The position within the file at which the transfer is to begin; must be non-negative
count long: The maximum number of bytes to be transferred; must be non-negative
Returns
long The number of bytes, possibly zero, that were actually transferred
Throws
IllegalArgumentException If the preconditions on the parameters do not hold
NonReadableChannelException If the source channel was not opened for reading
NonWritableChannelException If this channel was not opened for writing
ClosedChannelException If either this channel or the source channel is closed
AsynchronousCloseException If another thread closes either channel while the transfer is in progress
ClosedByInterruptException If another thread interrupts the current thread while the transfer is in progress, thereby closing both channels and setting the current thread's interrupt status
IOException If some other I/O error occurs

transferTo

Added in API level 1
long transferTo (long position, 
                long count, 
                WritableByteChannel target)

Transfers bytes from this channel's file to the given writable byte channel.

An attempt is made to read up to count bytes starting at the given position in this channel's file and write them to the target channel. An invocation of this method may or may not transfer all of the requested bytes; whether or not it does so depends upon the natures and states of the channels. Fewer than the requested number of bytes are transferred if this channel's file contains fewer than count bytes starting at the given position, or if the target channel is non-blocking and it has fewer than count bytes free in its output buffer.

This method does not modify this channel's position. If the given position is greater than the file's current size then no bytes are transferred. If the target channel has a position then bytes are written starting at that position and then the position is incremented by the number of bytes written.

This method is potentially much more efficient than a simple loop that reads from this channel and writes to the target channel. Many operating systems can transfer bytes directly from the filesystem cache to the target channel without actually copying them.

Parameters
position long: The position within the file at which the transfer is to begin; must be non-negative
count long: The maximum number of bytes to be transferred; must be non-negative
target WritableByteChannel: The target channel
Returns
long The number of bytes, possibly zero, that were actually transferred
Throws
IllegalArgumentException If the preconditions on the parameters do not hold
NonReadableChannelException If this channel was not opened for reading
NonWritableChannelException If the target channel was not opened for writing
ClosedChannelException If either this channel or the target channel is closed
AsynchronousCloseException If another thread closes either channel while the transfer is in progress
ClosedByInterruptException If another thread interrupts the current thread while the transfer is in progress, thereby closing both channels and setting the current thread's interrupt status
IOException If some other I/O error occurs

truncate

Added in API level 1
FileChannel truncate (long size)

Truncates this channel's file to the given size.

If the given size is less than the file's current size then the file is truncated, discarding any bytes beyond the new end of the file. If the given size is greater than or equal to the file's current size then the file is not modified. In either case, if this channel's file position is greater than the given size then it is set to that size.

Parameters
size long: The new size, a non-negative byte count
Returns
FileChannel This file channel
Throws
NonWritableChannelException If this channel was not opened for writing
ClosedChannelException If this channel is closed
IllegalArgumentException If the new size is negative
IOException If some other I/O error occurs

tryLock

Added in API level 1
FileLock tryLock (long position, 
                long size, 
                boolean shared)

Attempts to acquire a lock on the given region of this channel's file.

This method does not block. An invocation always returns immediately, either having acquired a lock on the requested region or having failed to do so. If it fails to acquire a lock because an overlapping lock is held by another program then it returns null. If it fails to acquire a lock for any other reason then an appropriate exception is thrown.

The region specified by the position and size parameters need not be contained within, or even overlap, the actual underlying file. Lock regions are fixed in size; if a locked region initially contains the end of the file and the file grows beyond the region then the new portion of the file will not be covered by the lock. If a file is expected to grow in size and a lock on the entire file is required then a region starting at zero, and no smaller than the expected maximum size of the file, should be locked. The zero-argument tryLock() method simply locks a region of size MAX_VALUE.

Some operating systems do not support shared locks, in which case a request for a shared lock is automatically converted into a request for an exclusive lock. Whether the newly-acquired lock is shared or exclusive may be tested by invoking the resulting lock object's isShared method.

File locks are held on behalf of the entire Java virtual machine. They are not suitable for controlling access to a file by multiple threads within the same virtual machine.

Parameters
position long: The position at which the locked region is to start; must be non-negative
size long: The size of the locked region; must be non-negative, and the sum position + size must be non-negative
shared boolean: true to request a shared lock, false to request an exclusive lock
Returns
FileLock A lock object representing the newly-acquired lock, or null if the lock could not be acquired because another program holds an overlapping lock
Throws
IllegalArgumentException If the preconditions on the parameters do not hold
ClosedChannelException If this channel is closed
OverlappingFileLockException If a lock that overlaps the requested region is already held by this Java virtual machine, or if another thread is already blocked in this method and is attempting to lock an overlapping region of the same file
IOException If some other I/O error occurs

See also:

tryLock

Added in API level 1
FileLock tryLock ()

Attempts to acquire an exclusive lock on this channel's file.

An invocation of this method of the form fc.tryLock() behaves in exactly the same way as the invocation

     fc.tryLock(0L, Long.MAX_VALUE, false) 

Returns
FileLock A lock object representing the newly-acquired lock, or null if the lock could not be acquired because another program holds an overlapping lock
Throws
ClosedChannelException If this channel is closed
OverlappingFileLockException If a lock that overlaps the requested region is already held by this Java virtual machine, or if another thread is already blocked in this method and is attempting to lock an overlapping region
IOException If some other I/O error occurs

See also:

write

Added in API level 1
int write (ByteBuffer src)

Writes a sequence of bytes to this channel from the given buffer.

Bytes are written starting at this channel's current file position unless the channel is in append mode, in which case the position is first advanced to the end of the file. The file is grown, if necessary, to accommodate the written bytes, and then the file position is updated with the number of bytes actually written. Otherwise this method behaves exactly as specified by the WritableByteChannel interface.

Parameters
src ByteBuffer: The buffer from which bytes are to be retrieved
Returns
int The number of bytes written, possibly zero
Throws
IOException

write

Added in API level 1
int write (ByteBuffer src, 
                long position)

Writes a sequence of bytes to this channel from the given buffer, starting at the given file position.

This method works in the same manner as the write(ByteBuffer) method, except that bytes are written starting at the given file position rather than at the channel's current position. This method does not modify this channel's position. If the given position is greater than the file's current size then the file will be grown to accommodate the new bytes; the values of any bytes between the previous end-of-file and the newly-written bytes are unspecified.

Parameters
src ByteBuffer: The buffer from which bytes are to be transferred
position long: The file position at which the transfer is to begin; must be non-negative
Returns
int The number of bytes written, possibly zero
Throws
IllegalArgumentException If the position is negative
NonWritableChannelException If this channel was not opened for writing
ClosedChannelException If this channel is closed
AsynchronousCloseException If another thread closes this channel while the write operation is in progress
ClosedByInterruptException If another thread interrupts the current thread while the write operation is in progress, thereby closing the channel and setting the current thread's interrupt status
IOException If some other I/O error occurs

write

Added in API level 1
long write (ByteBuffer[] srcs)

Writes a sequence of bytes to this channel from the given buffers.

Bytes are written starting at this channel's current file position unless the channel is in append mode, in which case the position is first advanced to the end of the file. The file is grown, if necessary, to accommodate the written bytes, and then the file position is updated with the number of bytes actually written. Otherwise this method behaves exactly as specified in the GatheringByteChannel interface.

Parameters
srcs ByteBuffer: The buffers from which bytes are to be retrieved
Returns
long The number of bytes written, possibly zero
Throws
IOException

write

Added in API level 1
long write (ByteBuffer[] srcs, 
                int offset, 
                int length)

Writes a sequence of bytes to this channel from a subsequence of the given buffers.

Bytes are written starting at this channel's current file position unless the channel is in append mode, in which case the position is first advanced to the end of the file. The file is grown, if necessary, to accommodate the written bytes, and then the file position is updated with the number of bytes actually written. Otherwise this method behaves exactly as specified in the GatheringByteChannel interface.

Parameters
srcs ByteBuffer: The buffers from which bytes are to be retrieved
offset int: The offset within the buffer array of the first buffer from which bytes are to be retrieved; must be non-negative and no larger than srcs.length
length int: The maximum number of buffers to be accessed; must be non-negative and no larger than srcs.length - offset
Returns
long The number of bytes written, possibly zero
Throws
IOException
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