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Old 02-16-2011, 07:25 AM   #1
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Invoking java from a bash terminal via shell script fails under Mint Debian

I am running a Java application on the command line bash terminal under Mint Debian. I have JDK1.6.0_22 installed 64-bit, and the OS is 64-bit too. I have a few JAR files in the directory and a few native LWJGL libraries. When I run the application using the command line, all works fine.
Lets assume my directory where the files are is called /home/riz/MyGame. I change to that directory and this is the command I use:

java -classpath MyGame.jar:log4j-1.2.16.jar:jme/jme-colladabinding.jar:jme-audio.jar:jme-awt.jar:jme-collada.jar:jme-editors.jar:jme-effects.jar:jme-font.jar:jme-gamestates.jar:jme-model.jar:jme-ogrexml.jar:jme-scene.jar:jme-swt.jar:jme-terrain.jar:jme.jar:jogl/gluegen-rt.jar:jogl/jogl.jar:jorbis/jorbis-0.0.17.jar:junit/junit-4.1.jar:lwjgl/jinput.jar:lwjgl/lwjgl.jar:lwjgl/lwjgl_util.jar:lwjgl/lwjgl_util_applet.jar:swt/windows/swt.jar:jbullet/jbullet-jme.jar:jbullet/asm-all-3.1.jar:jbullet/jbullet.jar:jbullet/stack-alloc.jar:jbullet/vecmath.jar:trove-2.1.0.jar:sceneMonitor/jmejtree_jme2.jar:sceneMonitor/propertytable.jar:sceneMonitor/scenemonitor_jme2.jar:sceneMonitor/sm_properties_jme2.jar -Djava.library.path="lwjgl/native/linux" -Xmx1024m -Xms768m -ea com.mygame.Main
This works fine and the application starts up as expected. LWJGL native library is loaded in and works fine as expected. Note that I run this command on the bash terminal.

The problem occurs when I try to run this command via a shell script. Here is my script (located under /home/riz/MyGame):


# Set the minimum and maximum heap sizes

if [ "$MYAPP_JAVA_HOME" = "" ] ; then

if [ "$MYAPP_JAVA_HOME" != "" ] ; then
    if [ -f "$_TMP" ] ; then
        if [ -x "$_TMP" ] ; then
            echo "Warning: $_TMP is not executable"
        echo "Warning: $_TMP does not exist"

if ! which "$_JAVA_EXEC" >/dev/null ; then
    echo "Error: No Java environment found"
    exit 1




The shell script is in the same directory as the JAR files (the same directory where I ran the Java command above). When I execute the shell script ( sh ), I get the UnsatisfiedLinkError message:

    14-Feb-2011 19:46:28 uncaughtException
    SEVERE: Main game loop broken by uncaught exception
    java.lang.UnsatisfiedLinkError: no lwjgl in java.library.path
       at java.lang.ClassLoader.loadLibrary(
       at java.lang.Runtime.loadLibrary0(
       at java.lang.System.loadLibrary(
       at org.lwjgl.Sys$
       at Method)
       at org.lwjgl.Sys.doLoadLibrary(
       at org.lwjgl.Sys.loadLibrary(
       at org.lwjgl.Sys.<clinit>(
       at org.lwjgl.opengl.Display.<clinit>(
       at com.jme.system.lwjgl.LWJGLDisplaySystem.setTitle(
I don't understand what I am doing wrong. I am executing the exact same command via a shell script and it is not working. I have echoed the Java command I build in the shell script and it is identical to the one I type in on the bash terminal that is working. Any ideas, solutions, most welcome. Is there a special way to load libraries when using a shell for Java?

I am running Linux Mint Debian 201012, Linux mint 2.6.32-5-amd64 #1 SMP Thu Nov 25 18:02:11 UTC 2010 x86_64 GNU/Linux. JDK is 1.6.0_22 64-bit. I have 64-bit .so files in the correct place too as the Java command works. Also, file permissions are correct.

I have also tried the absolute file path: -Djava.library.path="/home/riz/MyGame/lwjgl/native/linux" and this does not work either, same error trace.

There must be something obvious I am missing. I call the shell script from bash like this:

No need for root privilege.

Any tips, ideas most welcome.

Old 02-16-2011, 08:12 AM   #2
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Have you tried changing to the directory it's located at when the script starts? It's been awhile since I've worked in Linux, but I believe a shell started from a script starts off in the user's home directory. That may be the problem, sorry if I'm wrong but like I said, it's been awhile and sometimes it seems like I'm starting all over.
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I'd guess, the shell script should start with :

Line 1 : #!/bin/bash
Line 2 : cd /home/riz/MyGame
Old 02-16-2011, 01:36 PM   #4
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Thanks for all your suggestions. I have solved the problem. The line:

should be:

(no single quotes) as later on when I invoke the command, it does not deal with the quotes in the same way and fails even though echoing the command looks right.

Thanks again


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