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Ambigous questions

yusuf Kaplan
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Joined: Mar 11, 2011
Posts: 59
Hi all,

there is an ExamLab question on the diagnostic exam regarding javac look like this:

javac -d rabbit board/A.java

One of the correct answers is "The output will be stored in the rabbit directoy".
But I choose "The output will be stored in the rabbit board directoy"

After some tests on the console I figured out that A.java has no package. If the full qualified class name were like board/A.java then my answer would be correct. I assumed that board is the package name but it was not. A.java has no package at all. Thus the class file is stored in rabbit directory.

How to deal with such missunderstandings? The question doesnt provide information whether A.java has a package 'board' or not. So I feel that my answer might be correct as well.
Stephan van Hulst

Joined: Sep 20, 2010
Posts: 4200

The -d switch specifies the output directory. So here it says that the output directory will be rabbit. If A was in the package board, a sub-directory would be created inside the rabbit folder, but that doesn't change the fact that rabbit is the output directory of the javac command.

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