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Question: What is the meaning of PATH and CLASSPATH ? How it is set in environment variable?.

ANS:- Significance of searching class path

Java is an OOP language. In java programming language for compiling the program we use the compiler that converts the source code into the byte code after that, that byte code is
interpreted by JVM that converts the bytecode into the machine independent code. In java how the Java compiler and the JVM use the class search path to locate classes when
they are referenced by other Java code. Searching class path is important for all Java developers.Many development tools have their own ways of manipulating the class path,
which vary from product to product.For doing this we will use only simple command-line tools to carry out the compile operations. No difference, between the way that the Java
compiler searches for classes, and the way that the JVM does it at run time. The compiler has the ability to compile classes from source code, where the JVM does not. We will use
the compiler, but similar issues apply at run time.

Searching of multiple class directories

javac(compiler)search the files in only one directory at a time.

But, class search path will contain numerous directories and JAR archives. The -classpath option to javac and java allows multiple entries to be specified, but the syntax is
different for Unix and Windows systems.

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For Unix like this

javac -classpath dir1:dir2:dir3 ...

For Windows like this

javac -classpath dir1;dir2;dir3 ...

The difference is that Windows uses the colon (:) character as part of a filename, so it can't be used as a filename separator. Naturally the directory separator character is different
as well: forward slash (/) for Unix and backslash (\) for Windows.
( I ). For running a simple program we need to set the java path on command prompt(for temporary )& in Environment variable using PATH variable & CLASSPATH variable :

PATH variable

In JDK the PATH variable contains directories where binary files (e.g. EXE files in Windows) will be looked for.We set the PATH variables like this i.e path C:\Java\jdk1.6.0_03\bin

(i)on command prompt

C:\>set path=%path;C:\Java\jdk1.6.0_03\bin%

When you open a command prompt and type "javac", you're supposed to have the "bin" directory of your sdk into the PATH, otherwise you'll get an infamous "Command not found"
error message.


In JDK the CLASSPATH contains directories (or JAR files), from where your java compiler/runtime will look for .class files (and some others). For example, "java Hello.class" will not
work unless you set the directory (or JAR file) Hello.class is in, into your CLASSPATH.
i.e.classpath C:\Java\jdk1.6.0_03\lib (file:///C:/Java/jdk1.6.0_03/lib)

For setting CLASSPATH using command prompt

Java class path can be set using either the -classpath option when calling an SDK tool (the preferred method) or by setting the CLASSPATH environment variable. The -classpath
option is preferred because you can set it individually for each application without affecting other applications and without other applications modifying its value.

(ii)on command prompt

C:\>set classpath=%classpath;C:\Java\jdk1.6.0_03\lib%

JARs on the classpath

Java compiler and run-time can search for classes not only in separate files, but also in `JAR' archives. A JAR file can maintain its own directory structure, and Java follows exactly
the same rules as for searching in ordinary directories. Specifically, `directory name = package name'. Because a JAR is itself a directory, to include a JAR file in the class search
path, the path must reference the JAR itself, not the directory that contains the JAR. This is a very common error. Suppose I have a JAR jarclasses.jar in directory /jarclasses. The
Java compiler look for classes in this jar, we need to specify:
javac -classpath /jarclasses/jarclasses.jar ...

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For the CLASSPATH use CLASSPATH Environment Variable

In java programming language we use the following packages such as*; java. util.*;These packages are just a set of classes, you will want to store them in one place,
separate from the directory where you are developing your program. Sometimes these libraries have a set of files stored in a single jar file ( with a .jar extension). From where the
Java compiler and run programs must be able to find any of these. This is done for command line use of Java and for some editors and IDEs by setting an environment variable
called CLASSPATH. For Windows, the CLASSPATH environment variable should look like this :

c:\MyJavaLib;c:\MyJavaLib\myutils.jar;c:\MyJavaLib\blackboxclasses.jar (file:///c:/MyJavaLib;c:/MyJavaLib/myutils.jar;c:/MyJavaLib/blackboxclasses.jar);.

At the end " . " includes the current directory in the search for classes.

Suppose we have a directory MyJavaLib on the C-drive that contains some utility classes or the directories that correspond to some packages. This is the part before the first

Second part indicates that we have some classes stored in a file myutils.jar

Third part indicates that we have a jar file blackboxclasses.jar.

Finally, after the last semi-colon we have the period( . ), indicating that the current directory is on the CLASSPATH. If some things are stored in directories that are subdirectories, the
complete path, starting with "c:\" should be in the CLASSPATH.

(2) For setting CLASSPATH & PATH variable in environment variable by using the following steps:

(i) right click on my computer icon on desktop

(ii) click on properties

(iii) click on advanced

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(iv) click on Environment variables

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(v) system varables click on new

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(vi) in ( variable name) write ----- path

in ( variable value) paste the path till bin directory i.e.------- c:\java\jdk1.6.0_03\bin click on ok

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(vii) in system varables again click on new

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(viii) in ( variable name) write ----- classpath

in ( variable value) paste the path till lib directory i.e.------- c:\java\jdk1.6.0_03\lib click on ok

(ix) after finished click on ok

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(x) finished click on ok

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How to set System Classpath :

Java class path is set for including the various files during program execution & compilation.After setting class search path on the javac command line, we set `system' class path.
This class path will be used by both the Java compiler and the JVM . In both Unix and Windows systems, this is done by setting an environment variable. For example, in Linux with
the bash shell:

CLASSPATH=/jarclasses/jarclasses.jar;export CLASSPATH

for Windows:

set CLASSPATH=c:\jarclasses\jarclasses.jar

We use this procedure for setting short-term changes to the system CLASSPATH, but if you want these changes to be persistent you will need to arrange this yourself.For different -
2 system this path is different . On a Linux system, we put the commands in the file .bashrc in my home directory. On Windows 2000/NT there is a `Control Panel' page for this.

Setting the system CLASSPATH is a useful procedure if you have JARs full of classes that you use all the time.

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prabhat ranjan
December 25, 2011
difficulty in setting of path of java.

Hi I have window7 operating system.and i have installed jdk-7u2-windows-x64.exe for java program. But i have a problem to set path of java. and also how to run java

vinayaka D J
January 9, 2012
unable to execute jar command

i am trying to execute jar command but its showing command not found what to do
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Sunil Sharma
February 1, 2012
How to set the class path.

Thanks to this services for java.

Pradeep Patel
February 18, 2012
Facing problem to set the classpath in java

Hello Sir I'm Pradeep Patel facing problem to set path and classpath for java programs

March 3, 2012

i am getting noclassfound error while runtime

June 29, 2012

I have set the path and classpath in environment variables.eventhough iam getting the error like javac:file not usage java:<options> <source files> please
rectify my mistake if any

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September 28, 2012

My problem is the recoruse file is available in one context (say aa), I'm trying to load the same using ResourceBundle from another context (say bb). But always I get
MissingResourceException exception. But it works well when I put the properties file under bb context I think I can use the solution that you mentioned in this post for the time
being. But I'm searching for a solution so that I can use ResourceBundle(since the property file is for i18n purposes). Any way thanks dude it is indeed a good post.

abhishek kumar
November 2, 2012
how to set classpath temporary in java

two different folder having same package and same class name

July 31, 2013
Java Class path

Its very simple and Working fine .. Thanks

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