IDE + Java + setting class path

Im quite at a loss on how to set the classpath on netbeans IDE.

Ive checked netbeans documentaion but still puzzled.

I'm using netbeans to code a parser in java on windows 2000 and I have the Xerces parser jar files on my C drive.

How do I set the classpath for the Jar files ion netbeans IDE (a general answer, not specific to netbeans IDE may also be helpful).

Would be grateful for any hints

thanks

mm

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CEHJCommented:
Put the Xerces libraries in all lib\ext directories
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savalouCommented:
Actually, creating a directory called endorsed in the $JAVA_HOME/jre/lib  directory of the JRE you're using and moving the xercesImpl.jar and xml-apis.jar files there should do it.  

For NetBeans specifically, another way to add jars to your development (project) classpath is to mount the jars (right-click on filesystem and "mount archives").
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CEHJCommented:
>>Actually, creating a directory called endorsed ...

Not sure why you'd do that. Wouldn't anything placed in ext be endorsed by definition?

>>For NetBeans specifically...

Of course, the generic solution is better

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savalouCommented:
> Not sure why you'd do that. Wouldn't anything placed in ext be endorsed by definition?

I don't know.  It says here (http://java.sun.com/j2se/1.4.2/docs/guide/standards/index.html) that org.w3c.dom.* classes should go in in the endorsed directory.

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mellowmooseAuthor Commented:
>For NetBeans specifically, another way to add jars to your development (project) classpath >is to mount the jars (right-click on filesystem and "mount archives").

thanks savalou, that appears to have done the trick ...
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CEHJCommented:
...but is not consistent with your requirement:

>>(a general answer, not specific to netbeans IDE may also be helpful).
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CEHJCommented:
Also savalou, i'm not too sure that the Xerces libraries are endorsed, according to the list at the url you posted.
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savalouCommented:
> Also savalou, i'm not too sure that the Xerces libraries are endorsed, according to the list at the url you posted.

Why not?

It seems like the ext packages are those that have not made it into the core jar, usually they start with javax.

Endorsed packages are pretty much anything else that you want every time you use java on the machine and by everyone.  In a development project you might not want to throw any new jar you come across into the java directories.  

Anyway, whatever.  
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CEHJCommented:
>>It seems like the ext packages are those that have not made it into the core jar

They are simply extensions to the standard libraries, either from Sun or third parties.

I would either read or re-read the url you posted ;-)
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