".;%classpath%.;C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.5.0_04\lib\tools.jar" From reading some other topics...and doing that fixed the thing with none of my java applications working properly. But javac still doesn't work.
Hmm that way works, lets me run the app and stuff but the javac command still refuses to work...I don't think it has anything to do with the classpath if I'm doing that right. I guess I'll try restarting or something.
No, it has to be one of your path variables. The reason it doesn't work is because it cannot find javac.
Anyways, I'm thinking it could be your Path variable(not the classpath since it looks correct). Please post your PATH variable. You might be pointing it to the jdk directory when you should be pointing it to the jre directory.
The path variable is located at the same place the classpath is, or you can type this at the command prompt:
Eh where's the edit button...how'd I edit it last time ._.;;
Anyways the restart did it. Though I wonder why the java command would work while javac wouldn't...*shrug*
Sorry, looks like we posted at the same time. Some times you do need to restart your computer for changes to take affect. The java command just invokes the JRE, so no problem should arise there. Anyways, glad you got it fixed.
The reason why the javac doesn't work indicates that you are not pointing to the right path for the compiler. I had exactly the same problem because the path of the environmental variable was pointing to the Run time Engine instead of the Development kit. You need to change it from the JRE to the JDK folder.
i realise that the the thread is old but it is the first result that comes up if you google 'javac doesn't work' so i thought that it might be useful for other people if there is actually a resolution to this thread. apologies if i caused any inconvenience but even late replies are appreciated in the forums of the company i work for
But there was a resolution. did you see posts 8-10.
In post 8 a restart, in post 9 "set the PATH", in post 10 explained that the restart simply let the change (to the path that the installation itself did) take hold globally (she/he was probably using a cmd shell that had been open for a while).
So, as you can see, the answer was already given. Please do not resurrect old threads unless absolutely necessary (which it almost never is).
i have the same problem. have gone to environmental variables and made a new path with the javac thing but javac still doesn't work, saying "javac not recognized as an internal or external command", while same as gzero14, java command works fine.