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I tried the code: String name = (new File (�file.txt�)).getParent(); and the output was �null�. Does getParent work on absolute paths only? Note please that �file.txt� did exist on the current directory.
 
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Howdy,
No, doesn't work on absolute paths only.
Api says:

StringgetParent()
Returns the pathname string of this abstract pathname's parent, or null if this pathname does not name a parent directory.



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That means that it would always return null if the filename only is specified. Right?
 
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No. If you create a File object with a relative pathname (for example by just specifying the filename and not the directory) then Java assumes that you mean a file in the current working directory. A file always has an absolute path, even if you don't specify it explicitly.
 
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