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Microsoft Java Runtime and CAB vs. JAR

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I'm currently trying to compress
my application with either jar or cab and was wondering which was the preferred method.  I was
also wondering if either or would work with applications and not just applets. If I have packages in my application, do I need to set up some sort of heirarchy to get them into the cab or jar file?  Or is there another way?  How?  In addition, I wanted
to run the application under the Microsoft Java Runtime without extracting the .jar or .cab file.
There may be a way around it by changing the classpath, but I'm not sure how.  I tried cp:p but didn't have any luck.  Maybe I did it wrong.  Any ideas?
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CAB files are Microsoft specific, and will not work with other browsers. JAR files are part of the language spec, and should ultimately work with all compliant browsers.   For the time being, you may have to use CAB, JAR, and zip (the method supported by Netscape 3) archives to cover all possibilities.

JDK 1.1 has the ability to find classes in either a zip or a JAR file, so you can certainly use this strategy for applications.

Microsoft Java Runtime behavior is a separate issue and you may want to ask a separate questions; however, I believe that it will  find classes in a CAB file.  Note: to use an archive, the file name - not the directory - should be included in the CLASSPATH.
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Thanks for the quick response.  It helped a bit, but I'm still struggling.  I'm presently trying to run a jar file under Sun's java runtime but am still not sure how to include my packages in the jar file or how to run the file without extracting the class file.  I tried setting my classpath to c:\directory\file.jar;. and then to c:\directory\file.jar\file.class;. but neither method worked.  Part of my question was also how to set the classpath to work.  Any other comments?  Thanks, Jeans
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