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I recently found an issue with Geotools and getting the datastore for a shapefile.

If I try:

FileDataStore dataStore = FileDataStoreFinder.getDataStore(file);

-or-

Map connect = new HashMap();
connect.put("url", file.toURL());

DataStore dataStore = DataStoreFinder.getDataStore(connect);

getDataStore() always returns null. But using:

ShapefileDataStore dataStore = new ShapefileDataStore(file.toURI().toURL());

then the dataStore is set to the shapefile. Anyone have any ideas why this is? Is this a bug with Geootools 8.2? I'm running Geotools on Tomcat 7, perhaps there is some issue with Tomcat and the DataStore and FileDataStore classes?

Thanks!

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can you add what file actually contains? I suspect either it doesn't end .shp or it contains spaces and is not being encoded correctly –  iant Sep 24 '12 at 8:35

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