How can I get the full path to my application?
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Posted By:   Chris_Thelen
Posted On:   Wednesday, March 21, 2001 03:09 AM

My app needs to know the path from which it was called (where the class files are stored), because it loads ressource files from this directory.
The "user.dir" property doesn't work when the user calls i.e. "java mypathmyapp".

Another possible solution for my problem would be to include the files in a .jar file, but I wasn't able to access them inside the jar.

Re: How can I get the full path to my application?

Posted By:   Tim_Rohaly  
Posted On:   Thursday, April 19, 2001 08:39 PM

I question your approach - you do not need
to know the full path in order to load your resources.
Just use getClass().getResource("resourcename") and
your program will find that resource in your CLASSPATH.
Since CLASSPATH includes the current directory, you
will always find your resource without knowing the current
directory. It is a bad idea to build specific locations into
your code...

Re: How can I get the full path to my application?

Posted By:   Brian_Sullivan  
Posted On:   Wednesday, March 21, 2001 05:56 PM

It's better to put your classes _and_ your resources in the
same .jar file, and then not bother with any of this.

But for completeness, it is possible, so long as all
your classes are loaded from an application standard
class loader. (If loaded over the net, through a custom
classloader, etc. then it's another matter.)

This will get the directory for your classes if running from
a class, not a jar

You know your own package name. If not, getClass() on an instance,
or YourClassName.class will get it; convert it to a String, and
replace all the .'s by File.separator. Add '.class'.

So com.mycorp.myfile is com/mycorp/myfile.class or
commycorpmyfile.class. This is the end of the filename
to check.

Now, get the java.class.path System Property. Parse it
out according to the path separator for the platform. This
is the front of the filename to check.

Form a filename from each path portion combined with the
File.separator and the class name from above; if that file exists
using (new File(filename)).exists(), then that's your directory.
For efficiency, skip class parts ending in .jar or .zip.

If you really want to go all out, search each .jar or .zip in
turn for the .class as well; that would then be completely

Is there a way to use the ClassLoader itself for this information?

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