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How to invoke the Javac and Java commands from an interface?

Posted on 2002-06-04
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Hi,

I am in the process of building a IDE for complilation,
and invoking a java program. I know there are many IDE's available to do this. So one should not ask me the question... "Why you want to do that? Use one already developed.

I am doing this for learning porposes as well. How would I invoke the javac command on the click of a button on a GUI?

I tried the Runtime class' exec() method. But that does not do anything. It executes the line but nothing happens.
Here is my code.....

If the following example works, it should also work when clicking a button. This one does not work. So, can anyone throw some light into this?

public class RuntimeTest
{

  public static void main(String args[])
  {
   try{
   Runtime rt = Runtime.getRuntime();
   
    rt.exec("d:\\j2sdk1.4.0\\bin\\javac.exe   Testme.java");
 
  }
   catch (Exception e) {System.out.println("Exception");}
  }
}
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Question by:prain
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pellep earned 100 total points
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well, javac typically writes the result to the standard output stream of it's process. Try this for kicks

import java.io.*;
public class RuntimeTest
{

 public static void main(String args[])
 {
  try{
  Runtime rt = Runtime.getRuntime();
 
   Process p = rt.exec("d:\\j2sdk1.4.0\\bin\\javac.exe   Testme.java");
   try {
   BufferdReader br = new BufferedReader(new InputStreamReader(p.getInputStream()));
   String buff = null;
   while ((buff = br.readLine()) != null) System.out.println(buff);
   br.close();
   } catch (IOException ioe) {
   System.out.println("Exception caught printing javac result);
   ioe.printStackTrace();
   }

 }
  catch (Exception e) {System.out.println("Exception");}
 }
}
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by:prain
ID: 7054300
Thanks. Got it!
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by:prain
ID: 7054402
But another part to this....

Yes I can see it compiles and create a new class files. However I notice that if there is a systax error in the file that is being compiled (Top.java - see below), the errors are not being displayed on the screen. how to capture the errors?

Here is the corrected code. there were few syntax errors in the code you modified.

import java.io.*;
public class RuntimeTest
{

public static void main(String args[])
{
 try{
 Runtime rt = Runtime.getRuntime();
 
  Process p = rt.exec("d:\\j2sdk1.4.0\\bin\\javac.exe   Top.java");
  try {
  BufferedReader br = new BufferedReader(new InputStreamReader(p.getInputStream()));
  String buff = null;
  while ((buff = br.readLine()) != null) System.out.println(buff);
  br.close();
  } catch (IOException ioe) {
  System.out.println("Exception caught printing javac result");
  ioe.printStackTrace();
  }

}
 catch (Exception e) {System.out.println("Exception");}
}
}
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by:pellep
ID: 7055710
is anything beeing written to System.out at all?
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by:prain
ID: 7055998
NO. Nothing. Just I see the new .class file is created if there are no errors. If there are errors, even the old .class files would not get deleted. I checked the time created. I made an error purposely in the Top.java file to test this... to see what happens when there is s syntax error.

Thx.
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