How to send EOF to a process in Java?


I want to run groff in a Java program. The input comes from a string. In real command line, we will terminate the input by ^D in Linux/Mac. So how to send this terminator in Java program?

String usage += ".Dd \\[year]\n"+ ".Dt test 1\n"+ ".Os\n"+ ".Sh test\n"+ "^D\n"; // <--- EOF here? Process groff = Runtime.getRuntime().exec("groff -mandoc -T ascii -"); groff.getOutputStream().write(usage.getBytes()); byte[] buffer = new byte[1024]; groff.getInputStream().read(buffer); String s = new String(buffer); System.out.println(s);

Or any other idea?


^D isn't a character; it's a command interpreted by your shell telling it to close the stream to the process (thus the process receives EOF on stdin).

You need to do the same in your code; flush and close the OutputStream:

String usage = ".Dd \\[year]\n" + ".Dt test 1\n" + ".Os\n" + ".Sh test\n"; ... OutputStream out = groff.getOutputStream(); out.write(usage.getBytes()); out.close(); ...


I wrote this utility method:

public static String pipe(String str, String command2) throws IOException, InterruptedException { Process p2 = Runtime.getRuntime().exec(command2); OutputStream out = p2.getOutputStream(); out.write(str.getBytes()); out.close(); p2.waitFor(); BufferedReader reader = new BufferedReader(new InputStreamReader(p2.getInputStream())); StringBuilder sb = new StringBuilder(); String line; while ((line = reader.readLine()) != null) { sb.append(line + "\n"); } return sb.toString(); }


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