Anyone plz, help me to know whether the 'classpath' is an environment variable? if so, what is environment variable?
Thank u, gopinathan
Peter van der Linden
posted 11 years ago
Yes, classpath is typically implemented by an environment variable.
Environment variables are an "operating system thing" not a "java thing". But they are quite like variables in a programming language.
You give a value to an environment variable using the command line interface, and the operating system can use the variable instead of a fixed literal value.
For example, there is an env. variable called PATH in most operating systems. It holds a string of directory names that list the places to look for executable files when you type a command name at the command line. CLASSPATH was name as an analogy to this.
Actually, that Wiki is a great place to search first when questions like this come into your mind. You'll get a better answer more quickly, and if you can't find or understand the answer you can always post a more tightly focused question here.
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