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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb 2006

    Using exec() to run a class

    I would like to run a class file from my application. I managed to compile the java file, but got stack with executing it. To be more clear, i will post my code here:
        public static void main(String args[]) throws Exception
            try {
                String line;
                Runtime rt = Runtime.getRuntime();
                String[] cmd = { 
                    "c:/progra~1/Java/jdk1.5.0_05/bin/javac.exe", "c:/Temp/Test1/"};    
                Process p = rt.exec(cmd);
                int exitVal = p.waitFor();
                System.out.println("After compilation value: " + exitVal);
                String[] cmd2 = {
                    "cmd.exe", "/c","c:/progra~1/Java/jdk1.5.0_05/bin/java.exe -cp MainTest"};
                Runtime rt2 = Runtime.getRuntime();
                p = rt2.exec(cmd2);
                BufferedReader input = new BufferedReader(new InputStreamReader(p.getErrorStream()));
                String temp = "";
                while((temp = input.readLine()) != null) {
             catch(IOException e) {
                System.err.println("Error on exec() method");
    After compilation the exit value is 0 and creates a class file. But when i try to run it is either jumps to an exception and prints errors or prints the error from a BufferedReader:
    java.lang.NoClassDefFoundError: c:/Tem/Test1/MainTest
    Exception in thread "main"

    I have tried several way for cmd2 commands but just would not run.
    Any help would be much appriciated.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    I think you are missing the classpath to the newly generated .class file.

    try changing cmd2 to

    String[] cmd2 = {
    "MainTest" };

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    New Jersey
    A simpler method is to include the tools.jar from the JDK distribution in the CLASSPATH and use the class. Refer to Java Tip: Make a statement with javac!
    Happiness is good health and a bad memory.

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