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I've installed the SDK on a couple of computers, and each time I had to do that thing with the OS where you have to configure the OS in order to tell the computer the pathway variable to find java. How about installing the JRE? I looked at the installation instructions for installing the JRE and I didn't see anything about setting any path variables. Is it really not necessary?
Setting the PATH allows command-line input (e.g., javac) to find its way. If you are installing only the JRE and not the SDK, then you do not need to set a PATH.
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Thank you. Everything worked out alright without setting any path variables, because I installed only the JRE. I always wondered why you have to set the path for javac. It's because you have to use the command line for javac. That makes sense.