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Hello forum, vaironl here.
I have a project which will be due at the end of the year. I'm taking in the user input from 1- 40 ingredients with, name, amount, an unit. Additionally I'm taking a description which is a paragraph, and I store these values in a text file. The problem is that after a certain amount of characters, everything is being writting to the next line. I would like everything to be on one line, and I'm really confuse on how to do this because the paragraphs have a large amount of whites paces(Enter).

Does anyone recommend another way to write this? Perhaps an XML document, or word, but what of my user does not have these programs?

Thanks

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The problem is that after a certain amount of characters, everything is being writting to the next line

How do you define a line. Normal definition is a line contains all the characters up to the line end character ('\n'). A very large file can contain no line end chars and be all on one line.
If you do not add a line end char to the output, the line can be very long.

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Are you certain that the file is being broken into long lines, or is it possible that whatever viewer/editor you are using to look at the file is displaying it like that?
If you read the file back into your Java program one line at a time, are the descriptions split?

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Reading your post again, I now wonder if you are asking the right question. You have one or more recipes with multiple ingredients and a multi-paragraph description, yes?
The natural way to d o this in Java is to create a very simple Recipe class, with the ingredients and description as instance variables. You can then write or read a whole Recipe to/from an ObjectOutputStream/ObjectInputStream with a single method call. Alternatively, to use a text file, use the java.beans.XMLEncoder class to write your Recipe to an XML encoded text file, and java.beans.XMLDecoder to read the file back into a Recipe object, also with a single line of code.
If you follow either of these routes you can also create an ArrayList<Recipe> to hold a number of Recipes, and write/read the whole ArrayList with a single line of code.

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