ok, so i finally figured out ant and used it to compile and build a jar file. However, when i try to run the jar file, i get the following error:
Exception in thread "main" java.lang.NoClassDefFoundError: com/jgoodies/plaf/plastic/PlasticTheme
The class causing the error is an external jar file my program depends on. Its called jgoodies.jar (skins the GUI) which i import in my source code. I also added it to the class path when i compiled. I used ant to include it in the final program jar, so its there. Yet when i run this jar it says the class path isnt set for it. It cant find it. Can you have jar files inside of jar files? Am i suppose to add more to the manifest file? I allready have it pointing to the class containing my main and thats working.
How do i include my external library jars my program depends on inside the final executable jar for my program so it can find them?
This is driving me crazy, first i had a hell of a time with ant, now this... Why does deployng your program have to be so complicated in java.. =(
AFAIK you can have a jar file in another jar file, but Java Runtime wont be able to find it, so it is no use.
It is common practice to include the other jars needed by your program in the classpath when invoking java runtime. To make it easier you could write a simple batch script that sets the classpath properly and then invokes java with your application.
But if you really must have a single jar, you could unjar the other library to get the classes, and then jar it again, this time including your classes.