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Newbie, Need Java clarification

Dave Guenthner

Joined: Jan 25, 2003
Posts: 4
Hello. I am a Sys Admin and have been using VBScript and Perl for some time and now looking into Java. Can you initiate a system call to the OS from within java. For example, sometimes in perl I use the system command which allows me to use some Windows native commands which are better in certain instances, like net use etc. I want to be able to run a java program from my machine and access files on remote machines to parse, getdata, etc. Those remote machines are 98% Windows and have the JRE 1.3 installed. Any suggestions would be great.
Thanks in advance,
Hari Gangadharan
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Joined: Mar 08, 2001
Posts: 73
Use Runtime to do that. However it makes your code platform dependent.

To make it a little more platform independent, best way is to look for the executable at the path(s) you expect - if not found ask the user to locate the executable.
Hope this helps.

<B>Hari Gangadharan</B><BR>Unix is user friendly..<BR>but it chooses to whom it is friendly with!
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