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    atac57 is offline Member
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    Default Printing a specific name in a file? File I/O

    How can I get the program to print a string or number that a file contains? I'm trying to make my own database. I want to be able to search for a specific name and print out just that line of information. This code isn't doing what I expect. Thanks.

    Bob Jones 5553912 San Jose, CA
    Carl Wilson 5553214 Houston, TX
    Jane Carter 5550711 Richmond, VA
    John Greene 5550996 Chicago, IL

    Java Code:
    import java.util.Scanner;
    public class fileW {
    	public static void main(String[] args) {
    			BufferedReader reader = new BufferedReader(new FileReader("names.txt"));
    			String line = reader.readLine();
    			while(line != null){
    				if(line.equals("Carl Wilson")){
    					line = reader.readLine();
    		}catch(IOException iox){
    			System.out.println("Problem reading file");

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    eRaaaa is offline Senior Member
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    Default Re: Printing a specific name in a file? File I/O

    Bacause readLine reads the whole line, e.g. "Carl Wilson 5553214 Houston, TX" and that is NOT equal to "Carl Wilson"
    You could use contains -> if(line.contains("Carl Wilson"))
    But maybe it would be better if you read the whole file, parse the information and create objects and put them into a list ?!

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