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How To Compile Using Command Line

Daniel Smith

Joined: Mar 19, 2004
Posts: 6
I just installed the Java SDK and I was wondering, how do I compile my *.java file using command line?
Thanks for your help,
chi Lin
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Francis Siu
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And run the executable file
java myProg

Francis Siu
Gjorgi Var
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Joined: Feb 24, 2004
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First month into studying Java, and I am already answering questions of other newbies... lol...
In order to compile from the command line, you have to access the folder where your .java file is. Let's say it is in "MyJavaCourse" folder on drive c, you would have to move to that folder with a DOS command "cd" and get to this:
after which you use the compile command:
c:\MyJavaCourse javac
and then you would get one of the following two things:
a)a newly created .class file (firstjavaprogram.class), meaning succesfull compiling, or;
b)some typical "self-explanatory" Microsoft- style error message about someone not being able to compile because of bla... in which case you should visit a dark corner on your Windows machine in the Control Panel cave (look for enviromental variable in the "System" black hole)and set the CLASSPATH variable... keep coming back at the ranch for more answers, this is a great forum...
Daniel Smith

Joined: Mar 19, 2004
Posts: 6
Thanks for all your help,
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