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Thread: Creating a .jar that uses a DB

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    Default Creating a .jar that uses a DB


    I have written a simple server program that allows users to log in and register for a class using client.

    The server connects to a database and is run on a server at my uni. Everything worked fine until I tried to create a .jar file for the server and run it on the remote server. I get a classNotFoundException: org.postgresql.Driver I stress everything worked fine until I tried to use the jar.

    Is there something different I need to do when specifying the drivers for the DB if it is within a .jar? Like I would need to if I was including data files.

    Current DB connection code below:

    public void connect() throws Exception{
    		connect = DriverManager.getConnection("jdbc:postgresql://igor.gold.ac.uk:5432/database","username", "password");
    		st = connect.createStatement();
    		connected = true;

    Thanks for your help.

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    Default Re: Creating a .jar that uses a DB

    Right don't worry, I have figured it out.

    Incase any one else is having a similar problem what I needed to to do was:

    1. Include a Class-Path: header in my manifest file that referenced the .jar file containing the postgresql drivers (postgresql-9.0-801.jdbc3.jar)
    2. Put a copy of postgresql-9.0-801.jdbc3.jar in the same directory on the server where my .jar is run.

    Alternatively I could have un-archived postgresql-9.0-801.jdbc3.jar, taken the .class files that are the DB drivers and added them to my .jar that I created, but this seemed a little long winded.

    well done me.

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    Default Re: Creating a .jar that uses a DB

    The driver is not on your classpath, so you need to deploy it along with your app, and depending upon where you put it tell your app where the jar is.
    See PATH and CLASSPATH (The Java™ Tutorials > Essential Classes > The Platform Environment)

    Edit: got sidetracked and replied a wee bit too late. Glad you figured it out.

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