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Can't run java programs??

 
Jan vanPutten
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I downloaded java version 6 update 5 and then tried to compile my code but it spits back 'javac' is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file. Any ideas?
 
Christophe Verré
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Make sure that the bin directory in included in your PATH. Under Windows, right-click My Computer, Properties -> Advanced -> Environment Variables (not sure about English menu names). At the bottom, look for PATH, and add the sdk bin directory to it and click OK. Open a new command prompt and try again.
 
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One slight improvement on that.

Create a new environment variable called JAVA_HOME and set it to the path to your JDK, without the bin folder (e.g. C:\jdk1.6.0_05 or C:\Program Files\jdk1.6.0_05). The change the PATH variable as Christophe said, but instead of adding the JDK bin folder, add it as follows: "%JAVA_HOME%\bin" (include the quotes).

That way, not only is your environment set up for a possible future installation of other tools such as Apache Ant, but it also allows you to change the much shorter value of JAVA_HOME instead of the long PATH when you upgrade to another version. Remember, PATH includes many paths, and the JDK could be somewhere in the middle.
 
Christophe Verré
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Thanks Rob for the addon. I'm also using the %JAVA_HOME% variable to set the PATH, as I have several versions installed on my machine.
 
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