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Does fileWriter.flush() is always necessary?

 
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Hi!

Do I always have to call flush before to close the stream?
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Note close calls flush, so calling both is redundant. I would always call close. I'm not sure what happens in your code if an exception is thrown. It may make sense to call close in a finally clause.

http://java.sun.com/j2se/1.4.2/docs/api/java/io/Writer.html#close()
 
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steve souza wrote:Note close calls flush, so calling both is redundant. I would always call close. I'm not sure what happens in your code if an exception is thrown. It may make sense to call close in a finally clause.

http://java.sun.com/j2se/1.4.2/docs/api/java/io/Writer.html#close()


Are you sure that close call flush? I'm reading a book that calls flush before close, and it would be redundant as you said.
 
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I'm not sure why the link below isn't going directly to the close method, but if you look at the documentation for the close method you will see it calls flush.
[url]
http://java.sun.com/j2se/1.4.2/docs/api/java/io/Writer.html#close()[/url]
 
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steve souza wrote: I'm not sure why the link below isn't going directly to the close method, but if you look at the documentation for the close method you will see it calls flush.
[url]
http://java.sun.com/j2se/1.4.2/docs/api/java/io/Writer.html#close()[/url]


The method fw.close calls the method close from OutputStreamWriter class. Although OutputStreamWriter extends the Writer class, it overrides the close method, and its method don't call flush.
 
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sorry.
don't mind. I was outdated.
http://java.sun.com/javase/6/docs/api/java/io/OutputStreamWriter.html
 
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If you absolutely, positively HAVE to ensure it got written, call flush(). You can call flush anytime and you can call it as often as you like. If there's nothing to flush, the overhead is minimal.
 
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