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Thread: Wrong current working directory

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    Default Wrong current working directory

    Hello, everybody!

    I have an unusual problem with a simple Java application that lists the Java system properties. The user.dir or current working directory is different when I run the application in GNU/Linux compared to Windows XP. In GNU/Linux, if I run it from the command line, it displays the right user.dir. But, if I run it by double-clicking the JAR executable (created by NetBeans 7.0 IDE) it displays always user.dir as ~ (/root, /home/user etc.), regardless of the executable's location. But this doesn't happen in Windows XP, where the application displays the same thing, no matter the choice made. If I launch the application from within the IDE, it runs perfectly, on both systems.

    The source-code is:
    import javax.swing.*;
    import java.util.*;
    import java.io.*;
    import java.awt.*;
    class SystemProperties {
        private JFrame f;
        private JPanel p;
        private JTextArea ta;
        private JScrollPane sp;
        public static void main(String[] args) {
            new SystemProperties();
        public SystemProperties() {
            f = new JFrame();
            p = new JPanel();
            ta = new JTextArea(21, 28);
            sp = new JScrollPane(ta);
            Properties props = System.getProperties();
            Enumeration enum1 = props.propertyNames();
            for (; enum1.hasMoreElements();) {
                String propName = (String) enum1.nextElement();
                String propValue = (String) props.get(propName);
                if (propName.equals("java.library.path")) {
                    String[] libraryPath = propValue.split(":");
                    int length = libraryPath.length;
                    ta.append(propName + " = " + libraryPath[0] + "\n");
                    for (int i = 1; i < length; i++) {
                        ta.append(libraryPath[i] + "\n");
                ta.append(propName + " = " + propValue + "\n");
            File dir1 = new File(".");
            File dir2 = new File("..");
            try {
                ta.append("Current directory is " + dir1.getCanonicalPath() + "\n");
                ta.append("Parent directory is " + dir2.getCanonicalPath() + "\n");
            } catch (Exception e) {
            f.setTitle("System properties");
            f.setSize(400, 400);
            Dimension screenSize = Toolkit.getDefaultToolkit().getScreenSize();
            f.setLocation((screenSize.width / 2 - f.getBounds().width / 2), (screenSize.height / 2 - f.getBounds().height / 2));
    Last edited by helloworld922; July 11th, 2011 at 08:13 AM.

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