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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jun 2004

    help with .jar files

    It seems like all of the examples and tutorials on this are extremely vague, so I thought that someone might give me specific instructions.
    How do I make an executable .jar file out of my project? I have a simple program called calculator.java, located in C:\Java\calc\calculator.java. I gather that I need to make a manifest file manifest.mf, but what exactly do I need to put in it, and then what do I do? I think that I'm supposed to go to the command prompt and write somthing like:
    jar cfm calc.jar , with stuff after this also
    So what exactly do I do? I'm very confused that this is not easier to do in Java, it seems like there should be a simpler way of making an executable java program, like .exe's in C++, etc.
    Thanks in advance for any help!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    creating jar file from command line

    my manifest file says only this:

    Manifest-Version: 1.0
    Main-Class: MainFrame

    where MainFrame is the class with your main(String[] args) method.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    So where do I go in the command prompt? Which directory do I go to to write the command in? If I go to the directory of my project, I get an error that jar is not a recognized cammand. If I go to the java bin directory where jar.exe is, It says that it can't find the calculator class. Thanks for your reply, but I need more specifics, please.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Go to this thread. It is a link to a tutorial for making JAR files written by the user Cjard (on a different forum, but he's also a member of this one). If you read the first few posts it gives a step by step method to create a JAR file.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Thanks for that link! I finally got it. The problem was that I did not have jar.exe in the folder with the program in it. I don't know if it's the standard way to do it, but I put a copy of jar.exe in my program folder and then everything worked. I probably should have realized this when the error was " 'jar' is not a recognisable command". Anyway, thanks alot for the help. Problem solved.

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