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executing java from another directory

kamesh aru
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how to execute java class file resinding in another directory eg;-
if i am executing from c:\test and the class file is in c:\home\agent\test.class
how to give execution coomand for this
c:\test>java test
thanks in advance
Ernest Friedman-Hill
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Using the CLASSPATH environment variable. See

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kamesh aru
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thanks for the responce
Rick O'Shay
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Setting CLASSPATH is problematic if not evil and best avoided. Instead add the required jars for your program to your launch script: java -classpath ...
Stan James
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Use the classpath argument to the JVM or set the environment variable just for one run. Frinstance I have no classpath in my environment by default, and this is a typical batch file for me ...

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Norm Radder
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Another consideration when setting the classpath is if the class is in a package. Then you need to adjust the path so that it plus the package gives the complete path to the file.
For example if the package is agent and the file is at C:\files\region1\agent\pgm.class
then the classpath should be:
When you execute you need the package as part of the name:
java agent.pgm
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