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Class-Path in manifest not picking up properties file

J Rosetto
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Joined: Jun 03, 2008
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I currently have a jar file which requires a properties file (jndi.properties) on the classpath.

The properties file is in the same directory as the jar file, and the Class-Path: attribute of the manifest file contains the value '.', as well as all the other library dependencies. However, for some reason this file isn't being found on the classpath.

Does anyone have any idea how I can get this file placed on the classpath using the Class-Path attribute?
Norm Radder
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Joined: Aug 10, 2005
Posts: 685
Not sure where the folder pointed to by . is when used in a Manifest file.
How are you executing the jar file? Where is the current directory?

If no one knows for sure, try salting all the possible locations with same named files that have their folder location in them so when the file loads you can tell where it came from.

[ June 30, 2008: Message edited by: Norm Radder ]
[ June 30, 2008: Message edited by: Norm Radder ]
Norm Radder
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Joined: Aug 10, 2005
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I searched the Java Tutorial 1.5 and found the following:
Location in my version:
file:///E:/Java/Tutorial/ext/basics/download.html

Copy of some of the text:

If an applet or application uses more than one extension, you can list multiple URLs in a manifest. For example, the following is a valid header:

Class-Path: area.jar servlet.jar images/

In the Class-Path header any URLs listed that don't end with '/' are assumed to be JAR files. URLs ending in '/' indicate directories. In the preceding example, images/ might be a directory containing resources needed by the applet or the application.
 
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