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Cannot find symbol class

Shikha Upadhyaya
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I am new to java. I am trying a simple game with three classes SimpleDotComGame, SimpleDotCom, GameHelper in three different .java files all put together in a directory dotGame. has the main method. I have declared package name as

in each of these files. and compile without any errors. But when I run I get the following error:

I get the same error for SimpleDotCom class as well. Please help me with the same.
Maneesh Godbole
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package dotGame should be package dotGame; <-- notice the ; at the end.

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Shikha Upadhyaya
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I have added the semicolon. The error still persists.
Shikha Upadhyaya
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Hey, I got the solution. The code started working fine when I removed
from all the three classess!

But I didn't get the reason why!
Campbell Ritchie

Joined: Oct 13, 2005
Posts: 46397
There is something very peculiar. Replace the package name and use a Scanner to read through the file.
I’ll see if I can create something which will do that.Now copy the entire text of this post into a file; it’s easy enough to do it.
Give it some name like “oddCharacters.txt”.
See whether there are any characters which aren’t standard ASCII. It is possible you have a peculiar character adjacent to the keyword class causing it to be misread.
I agree. Here's the link:
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