Appending data to a file is a fairly common task. You'll be surprised to know that there was no support for file appending in JDK1.02, and developers supporting that platform are forced to re-write the entire file to a temporary file, and then overwrite the original. As most users support either JDK1.1 or the Java 2 platform, you'll probably be able to use the following FileOutputStream constructor to append data: 

public FileOutputStream(String name, boolean append)
          throws FileNotFoundException;
name – the system-dependent file name
append – if true, then bytes will be written to the end of the file rather than the beginning

For example, to append the file 'autoexec.bat' to add a new path statement on a Wintel machine, you could do the following: 

FileOutputStream appendedFile = new FileOutputStream("c:\\autoexec.bat", true);

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