Posted on 2005-04-01
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Runtime.getRuntime().exec(String command, String[] envp, File dir)

What can I put for envp as a default value.  The reason I am using this overload is because I want put a command in the command line from a default position, (dir)
Question by:ARACK04
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what is default position (dir)? Do you mean current directory of the running process? if so, then new File(".") will do it.
Not sure what you mean by "using this overload"?
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objects earned 600 total points
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Pass it null.

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doronb earned 200 total points
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If the envp should be empty, pass either null or "new String[0]".  If you need to pass any values in it, pass something like this:

  new String[] {"Value1", "Value2",..."ValueN"}
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Just to make it clearer.
When you pass null to to the envp array the child process will inherit the environment variables from the Java process (the caller).
If you pass a string array (including empty) you will not inherit the parent environment process (though you can still get those valus
and pass them to the array as needed by using System.getEnv [only since Java 1.5]). Each string in the array should be in the format of "name=value".
Passing null or new File(".") or new File(System.getProperty("user.dir")) to the dir variable will cause the invoked process to run in the parent current directory.

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