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From Merlin Beedell <>
Subject RE: Slashy strings in GroovyConsole
Date Fri, 16 Jun 2017 15:29:50 GMT
My preference is to use File (or Path) object whenever dealing with files – and then ONLY
using forward slashes.  So for your request:
def scriptDir = /C:\Folder1\My Documents\Folder2\Version\etc\/
def scriptDir = new File("C:/Folder1/My Documents/Folder2/Version/etc")
or (if you really wanted the path as a string)
def scriptDir = new File("C:/Folder1/My Documents/Folder2/Version/etc").absolutePath

I agree that copy-pasting file paths from File Explorer and then twiddling the slash direction
is a bit tedious – but better than figuring out all that escaping!  I dare say that using
a File object has overheads – but at least you can test if the file or directory exists.
Iterate over the files etc. etc.

Adding pieces of a path or path and file name together, again use the File class:

def myScript = new File("C:/Folder1/My Scripts", "Script1.groovy")
def myScript = new File(scriptDir, "Script1.groovy")

It saves getting the['file.separator'] – and you can even ignore the drive
letter (if it is on the current disk).
def myScript = new File("/Folder1/My Scripts", "Script1.groovy")

And yes – I use groovy rather a lot on Windows.

Merlin Beedell
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From: Joe Wolf []
Sent: 14 June 2017 14:53
To:; Paul King <>
Subject: Re: Slashy strings in GroovyConsole

Also be careful when using slashy Strings with path names that start with a lowercase "u"

They'll get interpreted as a unicode character escape, e.g. /c:\users/ --> TokenStreamIOException:
Did not find four digit hex character code.

(BTW, I'm glad to see there are other GroovyConsole users on Windows out there)


On Wed, Jun 14, 2017 at 6:32 AM, Paul King <<>>
What bo zhang said or use dollar slashy string.

Cheers, Paul.

On Wed, Jun 14, 2017 at 7:37 PM, bo zhang <<>>
def scriptDir = /C:\Folder1\My Documents\Folder2\Version\etc\//

note the last slash. \/ is escaping /

On Wed, Jun 14, 2017 at 4:44 PM, Dmytro Shyshchenko <<>>
Long time ago I was using slashy strings in my groovy scripts for the paths on Windows. Somehting
like this:
def scriptDir = /C:\Folder1\My Documents\Folder2\Version\etc\/

However in the recent versions, like 2.3.6 or 2.4.11, I can no longer execute those scripts
via a GroovyConsole. It always gave me an error pointing to the last charecter of the script.
Like this:
unexpected char: 0xFFFF at line: 19, column: 13
which was a bit misleading...

When I change the paths to a "normal" srtings, everything works fine, as it was before.
def scriptDir = "C:\\Folder1\\My Documents\\Folder2\\Version\\etc\\"

Is it a bug? Shall I report it?

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