URGENT executable JAR with third party jars and property folder.

Need to create an executable jar which uses 2 third party jars and a properties folder.
All the three are outside the jar.
Tried doing class-path:cic.jar jdbc.jar property
But the properties folder was not taken as it gave me missiing resource exception.

The thing is it is not able to find the properties folder.
Dont know about the third party jars.

Please advice on the same
wizlokeshAsked:
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objectsConnect With a Mentor Commented:
You'll need to either move your properties into a jar or run it using:

java -classpath picklist.jar;loging.jar;ifxjdbc.jar;property com.aaa.bbb.sss.picklist.main.MainClass
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girionisCommented:
You cannot put properties folder in the class-path option. Put it inside your jar file.
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girionisCommented:
And use the getClass().loadResoureAsStream(<resource path>) to load it up.
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girionisCommented:
Actually it's getResourceAsStream
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wizlokeshAuthor Commented:
Well guys the thing is that the proeprty folder has things configurable which may be changed by client.
Hence I cannot keep it in the jar. Hence I need to have it in the some folder.

Please let me knwo If you know the same.

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wizlokeshAuthor Commented:
I mean i have the properties in some folder.
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girionisCommented:
Where do you currently have the properites files and how do you try to load them? Can you post some sample code and the exact exception you are getting?
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wizlokeshAuthor Commented:
I have properties file in a property directory.

/property directory
picklist.properties
pickList.proeprties has entries of child proerpties

eg. picklist_sql.proeprties, picklist_messages.proerpties etc.
The list.proeprties is read and then it loads the child proeprties.
I need to load these proeprties files memory when my Java program is executed.

Now when I execute my program using java com.aaa.bb.MainClass
it works fine.
But i create a exec jar of the same package with name as picklist.jar.
e.g. jar -cvfm picklist.jar MANIFEST.MF com
My Manifest MF is
Manifest-Version: 1.0
Main-Class: com.aaa.bbb.sss.picklist.main.MainClass
Created-By: 1.3.1_03 (Sun Microsystems Inc.)
Class-Path: loging.jar ifxjdbc.jar property

loging.jar and ifxjdbc are 3rd party. property is the name of folder where properties files are kept.
I use java -jar picklist.jar
exception is get is :
Exception in thread "main" java.lang.ExceptionInInitializerError: java.util.MissingResourceException: Can't fi
nd bundle for base name picklist, locale en
        at java.util.ResourceBundle.throwMissingResourceException(Unknown Source)
        at java.util.ResourceBundle.getBundleImpl(Unknown Source)
        at java.util.ResourceBundle.getBundle(Unknown Source)
        at com.aaa.bbb.sss.picklist.utils.PropertiesReader.readProperties(PropertiesReader.java:260)
        at com.aaa.bbb.sss.picklist.utils.PropertiesReader.<init>(PropertiesReader.java:69)
        at com.aaa.bbb.sss.picklist.utils.PropertiesReader.getInstance(PropertiesReader.java:97)
        at com.aaa.bbb.sss.picklist.main.PickListMain.<clinit>(PickListMain.java:59)

It clearly means that the picklist.properties which is master file is not found.

Please give your advice on the same.
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girionisCommented:
Could you post the code that loads up the properties file?
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wizlokeshAuthor Commented:
Its a singleton implementation.

     private PropertiesReader(  ) throws MissingResourceException
     {
         String fileList = null ;
         String fileName = null ;
         ArrayList listOfFiles = null ;
         Properties properties = null ;

         propertiesTable = new Hashtable() ;
         nameofPropertiesFiles = this.readProperties( MASTER_PROP_FILE ) ;
       
         fileList = nameofPropertiesFiles.getProperty( APP_PROP_FILES ) ;
         listOfFiles = readFurtherFiles( fileList ) ;

         for ( int i=0; i < listOfFiles.size(); i++ )
         {
             fileName = ( String ) listOfFiles.get( i ) ;
             properties = this.readProperties( fileName ) ;
             propertiesTable.put( fileName, properties ) ;
         }
     }


    private Properties readProperties( String fileName )
                                            throws MissingResourceException
    {
        PropertyResourceBundle esProperties = null;
        Properties properties           = null;
        Enumeration keys                = null;

        String keyTemp                  = null;

        try
        {
            // Create object of PropertyResourceBundle for the filename

            esProperties =
            ( PropertyResourceBundle )
                 PropertyResourceBundle.getBundle( fileName );
        }
        catch( MissingResourceException missingResource )
        {
            throw missingResource;
        }

        properties = new Properties();

        // Call getKeys method of PropertyResourceBundle to get all keys
        keys = esProperties.getKeys();

        // Using the key name, get corresponding value and populate
        // properties object
        while( keys.hasMoreElements() )
        {
            keyTemp = ( String )keys.nextElement();
            properties.setProperty( keyTemp,
                                    esProperties.getString( keyTemp ) );
            keyTemp = null;
        }

        return properties;
    }

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girionisCommented:
Can you also post your classpath?
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girionisCommented:
Here is some sample code that works for me. I have a properties file called LabelsBundle_de.properties and its contents are:

# This is the LabelsBundle_de.properties file
s1 = Computer
s2 = Platte
s3 = Monitor
s4 = Tastatur

I use the java.util.Properties class to load it up from the disk and read the property keys:

static public void main(String[] args) {
 
         System.out.println("reading properties...");
      Properties properties = new Properties();
    try {
        properties.load(new java.io.FileInputStream("properties/LabelsBundle_de.properties"));
        Enumeration e = properties.propertyNames();
        while (e.hasMoreElements())
        {
            System.out.println("prop: " + ((String) e.nextElement()));
        }
    } catch (java.io.IOException e) {
    }

   } // main

I bundled my main class into a jar, I run it and it is working fine, it can read the properties file from the local disk. The structure of my jar file and the properties file is as follows:

---
   PropertiesDemo.jar
   properties---
             LabelsBundle_de.properties

Hope it will give you an idea of how you can do it.
   
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wizlokeshAuthor Commented:
I worked it out the other way.....
Instead of having executable JAR just create the jar of those files and keep it in classpath.

Execute using java com.aaa.vbbb.....

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objectsCommented:
> I worked it out the other way.....
> Instead of having executable JAR just create the jar of those files and keep it in classpath.

Thats what I suggested :)
whether you specify the classpath on the command line, or use the env var does not make any difference.

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