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Order of jar and dir classpath items seems to impact runtime

 
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I have a simple code like so, which imports a single class



and I can compile it like so (hopefully the references to a typical Unix maven repository will be familiar enough to everyone)



where I link to the jar. But, when I run it something interesting happens. The following command, with jar followed by local directory dot, runs:



with the output



which is correct. However this same command, with the dir dot and the jar path switched:



throws the following error:



In otherwords, I think java is "giving up" after the dot and not looking for the jar for some reason. Is this expected behavior? Is there a principle here I need to understand?
 
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