Java Classpath Setting
How to Set Path and Classpath in Java
Path variable is set for providing path for all java tools like java, javac, javap, javah, jar, appletviewer which are use in java programming. These all tools are available in bin folders so we set path upto bin folders.
Classpath variable is set for providing path for predefined java classes which is used in our application. All classes are available in lib/rt.jar so we set classpath upto lib/rt.jar.
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Why set path ?
The following programming error is general for all java programmers when they compile any java program.
'javac' is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file.
When you get this type of error, then your operating system cannot find the java compiler (javac). To solve this error you need to set the PATH variable.
Javac is a tool which is available in bin folder so you must set the PATH upto bin folder. In a bin folder all tools are available like javap, javah, jar, javac, java, appletviewer etc. These all tools are used for different-different purpose.
set the path and classpath
Go on my computer icon and right click, after that click on properties option.
Now click on advance setting
Click on advance
Click on Advance variables
Click on new button which is below the first box.
Now one dilog box is appear, now ignore this but do not close.
Now open my computer open c:/ > Programs Files > java > java1.6.0 > bin copy this path
Now come back on previous open dilogbox and write variable name 'path' and for variable value paste all copied path upto bin folder. Put .; at the end. It (.) select all the tools from bin folder.
Now open my computer open c:/ > Programs Files > java > java1.6.0 > jre > lib > rt.jar copy this path
Note: rt.jar is available in lib folder this jar files contains all classes of jdk.
Now again come back on Environment variable dilogbox and click on new. now one box is open and write path variable as 'classpath' and for variable value paste all copied path upto rt.jar. Put .; at the end. It (.) select all the classes from lib folder.
Note: Finally after set classpath Restart your system, or you can re-open command prompt.