Java Class Names Causing Error

ive got a weird error with java.
when i name a class say;
TestCustomerDao

i get the error
exception in thread "main" java.lang.nosuchmethoderror: main

a snippet of code below works and runs such as;
===================

package web.proj3.TestClasses;

public class Test
{
      public static void main(String args[])
      {
      System.out.println("testing");
      }
}
===========================

but the following idential apart from class name wont;

package web.proj3.TestClasses;

public class TestCustomerDao
{
      public static void main(String args[])
      {
      System.out.println("testing");
      }
}

===========================

im using Textpad to run my java..it works ok on other apps ive done
the 2 files are run from;
C:\jwsdp-1.3\webapps\web\proj3

is it because the is a limit to the size of a class name?
i have win xp
i have the Java web devolpers pack isntalled and
JSDK 1.4.1

what is the problem?
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gerrymcdAsked:
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objectsCommented:
Class name must be the same as the file name.
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CEHJCommented:
Make sure there isn;t another TestCustomerDao in the classpath
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objectsCommented:
sorry misunderstood your question. Your class is in a package, you should run it with:

java web.proj3.TestClasses.TestCustomerDao
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objectsCommented:
you class should also be in the directory:

C:\jwsdp-1.3\webapps\web\proj3\TestClasses

and add C:\jwsdp-1.3\webapps to your classpath
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gerrymcdAuthor Commented:
the above doest really help
as it works at college and works when the class is called Test
anything longer than Test causes prblems such as;

CustomerByNameCommand

so it cud be a class path problem?
or Textpad problem?

what environment variables in XP do i need to set up?
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objectsCommented:
> so it cud be a class path problem?

Your classpath needs to include the directory C:\jwsdp-1.3\webapps
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objectsCommented:
Are the class files in directory:
C:\jwsdp-1.3\webapps\web\proj3\TestClasses

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gerrymcdAuthor Commented:
the current class is
but up one dir is where the files are imported
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objectsCommented:
> but up one dir is where the files are imported

imported by what?
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CEHJCommented:
How many TestCustomerDao do you have on your system gerrymod?
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gerrymcdAuthor Commented:
the number of TestCustomerDao is not the problem as i even with a new class name longer than Test it still ocuurs
take the below code snippet which gives the same error; but the code is correct and the import statements

===========================================================================
//      CustomerByNameCommand.java

/*
6 - dec - 03
note to myself
proble with this class
it doesnt work because the class name is too long?
the code is fine
*/

package web.proj3.command ;

import java.util.* ;
import java.sql.* ;
import java.io.* ;


/*
CustomerByNameCommand
Q4 (ii)
*/

import javax.servlet.* ;
import javax.servlet.http.* ;

import web.proj3.business.* ;
import web.proj3.dao.* ;
import web.proj3.exceptions.* ;



public class CustomerByNameCommand implements Command
{
      private HttpServletRequest request ;
      private HttpServletResponse response ;
      private HttpSession session ;


      public CustomerByNameCommand(HttpServletRequest aRequest,
                                                      HttpServletResponse aResponse,
                                                      HttpSession aSession)
      {
            request = aRequest ;
            response = aResponse ;
            session = aSession ;
      }

      public String execute()
      {
            String page = null ;
            CustomerDao dao = new CustomerDao() ;
            try
            {
                  //has to be changed
                  String customerName = request.getParameter("customerName") ;
                  ArrayList customers = dao.getCustomersByName(customerName);

                  /*String customerName = request.getParameter("customerName") ;
                  ArrayList customers = dao.getCustomersByName(customerName) ;
                  if (customers.size() == 0)
                  {
                        request.setAttribute("errorMessage", "No customers with this name") ;
                        page = errorPage ;
                  }
                  else
                  {
                        request.setAttribute("customers", customers) ;
                        page = "/" + request.getParameter("command") + ".jsp" ;      // i.e. /CustomersByName.jsp
                  }*/

                  if (customers.size() == 0)
                  {
                        request.setAttribute("errorMessage", NO_CUSTOMERS) ;
                        page = errorPage ;
                  }
                  else
                  {
                        request.setAttribute("customers", customers) ;
                        page = "/" + request.getParameter("command") + ".jsp" ;      // i.e. /Customers.jsp
                  }

            }
            catch(DaoException e)
            {
                  page = errorPage ;
                  request.setAttribute("errorMessage", e.getMessage() ) ;
            }
            return page ;
      }

}
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CEHJCommented:
>>
take the below code snippet which gives the same error

This was the error before apparently:

>>
i get the error
exception in thread "main" java.lang.nosuchmethoderror: main
>>

The class you just posted has no main method. You are trying to execute something as an application that is not an application
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gerrymcdAuthor Commented:
yes your correct..the example i posted was very good
even if there was a main method it wud still give the error.

but i think i fixed it by adding a Dot to the classpath
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objectsCommented:
> but i think i fixed it by adding a Dot to the classpath

That says to search the current directory for classes, and will work if you are in the correct directory to find the class. Alternatively you could add the relevant directory that contains your package hierarchy which would allow you to run it from anywhere.
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objectsCommented:
Here's some useful details about classpath:
http://mindprod.com/jgloss/classpath.html
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CEHJCommented:
>>exception in thread "main" java.lang.nosuchmethoderror: main

is not a classpath error. It's an error caused by trying to run a non-application as an application. This is what happens on my system when I comment out the main method of an application:

>>[protean@localhost dumpit]$ java NoMain

Exception in thread "main" java.lang.NoSuchMethodError: main
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objectsCommented:
> It's an error caused by trying to run a non-application as an application

yes but the same error was occurring whether or not the main existed. Thus it was most probably an issue related to the classpath, and another class being executed, or the wrong package name used.

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objectsCommented:
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CEHJCommented:
>>Thus it was most probably an issue related to the classpath, and another class being executed

which is why i asked how many copies of class X there were on the system and i don't believe i got the answer > 1
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