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Old 04-22-2006, 01:40 PM   #1
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Where do I install a Java .jar file?


I have the Java program JabRef (a single file) that I can run with the command:
java -jar JabRef-2.0.1.jar

I would like to install it in a system directory because every user should be able to launch it with a simple command.

Where should I put this file?
Is there a standard way in Slackware to install Java programs?

Old 04-22-2006, 01:46 PM   #2
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I suppose the nice way to do it might be to create a wrapper shell script just called jabref in /usr/local/bin which contains "java -jar JabRef-2.0.1.jar".

You put the jar itself in /usr/local/lib/jabref, and refer to it with a full path. I would also substitute java for the full java path (you can get that with "which java").

So you will probably end up with a shell script like:
/usr/bin/java -jar /usr/local/lib/jabref/JabRef-2.0.1.jar
If the jar processes command line attributes, you might want to pass those through as well.

I would build an install script to create and populate the lib directory, and place the /usr/local/bin script, so that you could then do the same on another machine, and so that you can look there to find and remember where you put the things.



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