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Manifest-only jar

Oscar Reitsma

Joined: Dec 03, 2004
Posts: 7
Hi there,

I'm in the process of compiling a Third-Party jar file. All the file is going to contain is class-path references to a whole bunch of jar files. i.e. there are no .class files in the JAR, only a class-path reference in the manifest file:

The manifest file contains this:
Class-Path: lib/a.jar lib/b.jar lib/c.jar

The problem I'm experiencing, is that I can run against the above jar, but cannot compile using javac against it. The compiler cannot seem to find the referenced jars. i.e I get "package xxx does not exist" errors

My classpath when executing against the .JAR, and when I compile against it is the same.

Any help would be appreciated.
It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
subject: Manifest-only jar
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