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SCJP 6 - Chapter 10 : Development

Filipe Marques

Joined: Nov 08, 2004
Posts: 9

I'm comparing questions 11 and 12 and I do not understand the answers although they seem similar except the test subdirectory :

question 11: why question c is not correct ? The java command : java -classpath MyJar.jar GetJar is incorrect whereas question a : java GetJar is ok.
When compiling using javac -classpath MyJar.jar, the jar file was found... So does not it work with the java command the same way ?
Why the jar file is not found with java command ?

question 12 : I do not understand why the current directory has to be in the classpath to execute the java command ?
Indeed, in question 11, the java command did not need the current directory (.) to be set to run
In this question, the right command has to include the (.) in the classpath in order to execute the GoDeep class.

If we compare both questions, it seems the mechanism is different...
I can't figure out why !

Someone could help me ?
Punit Singh
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Joined: Oct 16, 2008
Posts: 952
for java command:
1) if you donot use -classpath option explicitly, then by default it finds GetJar.class file in current directory.
2) if you use -classpath
java -classpath MyJar.jar GetJar
they you are saying java command to find GetJar.class in MyJar.jar file, so you need to set current directory explicitly here.
java -classpath MyJar.jar;. GetJar

for javac command:
1) javac -classpath MyJar.jar
classpath is set for .class file not .java file, here javac command has to file and javac gets it in current directory.
Remember -classpath is used for .class files not for .java files.

Arka Guhathakurta
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Joined: Mar 01, 2009
Posts: 46
The javac command is used on .java files and not .class files.We use javac to compile .java files to .class files BUT you cannot use -classpath option with .java files.
Consider the following example:

Here you are telling
"Mr.Compiler please compile if you need any reference(.class files), please find it in the current directory inside MyJar.jar"

Shashank Rudra
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Joined: Mar 26, 2009
Posts: 131
java -classpath MyJar.jar

Why would you use java to talk to compiler???

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Filipe Marques

Joined: Nov 08, 2004
Posts: 9
Thank you a lot for your help.

Punit, your answer is very clear, thank you.

Arka, indeed Giffy is right, it should be :

(which makes reference to the .class file).
I agree. Here's the link:
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