working with packages

In my Java-application I want to use packages because I have about 78 classes.
I want to devide them into 1 main package and 3 subpackages :
main : "ipstool" (which contains only the class with the main-method)
sub : "data", "exceptions" and "interface".
In every class of a certain package (all in one directory with the same name as the package..) I put
     package data;
in front of the import-statements.
Also I put there the other packages of my application, f.e. :
    import ipstool.exceptions.*;
    import java.awt.*;
I'm compiling from the directory that contains the "ipstool"-directory.

This doesn't compile however...
What am I doing wrong? Should I put something in the classpath or is it not necessary to import them as ipstool.exceptions.* but as exceptions.* or maybe something else ?
Jeppe041198Asked:
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Jeppe041198Author Commented:
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imladrisCommented:
From your description of the hierarchy, the "main" class would have to be in a subdirectory named ipstool, and the others in subdirectories below that. Or, to put it another way, if your classpath in effect is pointing to directory ipstool, you need to reorganize to have it point to one directory higher (ipstools parent), i.e. compile from the parent directory.

On the other hand, I have found that some Java environments (e.g. J++) are unhappy with Java programs that don't have a default package. The solution I would recommend is to make your "main" class be the default package, and the other three be package data, exceptions etc., in directories below.

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