java [ options ] -jar file.jar [ argument ... ]
|class||Name of the class to be invoked.|
|file.jar||Name of the jar file to be invoked. Used only with the -jar option.|
|argument||Argument passed to the main function.|
public static void main(String args)
By default, the first non-option argument is the name of the class to be invoked. A fully-qualified class name should be used. If the -jar option is specified, the first non-option argument is the name of a JAR archive containing class and resource files for the application, with the startup class indicated by the Main-Class manifest header.
The Java runtime searches for the startup class, and other classes used, in three sets of locations: the bootstrap class path, the installed extensions, and the user class path.
Non-option arguments after the class name or JAR file name are passed to the main function.
|-client||Selects the Java HotSpot Client VM. For more information see Server-Class Machine Detection at http://java.sun.com/j2se/1.5.0/docs/guide/vm/server-class.html|
|-server||Selects the Java HotSpot Server VM. For more information see Server-Class Machine Detection at http://java.sun.com/j2se/1.5.0/docs/guide/vm/server-class.html|
Load native agent library
libname , e.g.,
|Load a native agent library by full pathname. For more information, see JVMTI Agent Command Line Options at http://java.sun.com/j2se.1.5.0/docs/guide/jvmti/jvmti.html|
Specifies a list of directories, JAR archives, and ZIP archives
to search for class files.
Class path entries are separated
by colons (:). Specifying
-cp overrides any
setting of the
CLASSPATH environment variable.
If -classpath and -cp are not used and CLASSPATH is not set, the user class path consists of the current directory (.).
|Sets a system property value.|
|Specified whether the program is to be run in a 32-bit or 64-bit environment if available.|
|Currently, only the Java HotSpot Server VM supports 64-bit operations and the -server option is implicit with the use of -d64 . This is subject to change in a future release.|
|If neither -d32 nor -d64 is specified, the default is to run in a 32-bit environment, except for 64-bit only systems. This is subject to change in a future release.|
-enableassertions :<package name>... |:<class name>
-ea :<package name>... |:<class name>
Enable assertions. Assertions are disabled by default.
With no arguments, enableassertions or -ea enable assertions. With one argument ending in "...", the switch enables assertions in the specified package and any subpackages. If the argument is simply "...", the switch enables assertions in the unnamed package in the current working directory. With one argument not ending in "...", the switch enables assertions in the specified class.
If a single command line contains multiple instances of these switches, they are processed in order before loading any classes. So, for example, to run a program with assertions enabled only in packagecom.wombat.fruitbat (and any subpackages), the following command could be used:
java -ea:com.wombat.fruitbat... <Main Class>
The -enableassertions and -ea switches apply to all s loaders and to system classes (which do not have a class loader). There is one exception to this rule: in their no-argument form, the switches do not apply to system. This makes it easy to turn on asserts in all classes except for system classes. A separate switch is provided to enable asserts in all system classes; see -enablesystemassertions below.
-disableassertions :<package name>... |:<class;
-da :<package name>... |:<class name>
Disable assertions. This is the default.
With no arguments, disableassertions or -da disables assertions. With one argument ending in "...", the switch disables assertions in the specified package and any subpackages. If the argument is simply "...", the switch disables assertions in the unnamed package in the rent working directory. With one argument not ending in "...", the switch disables assertions in the specified class.
To run a program with assertions enabled in package com.wombat.fruitbat but disabled in class com.wombat.fruitbat.Brickbat, the following command could be used:
java -ea:com.wombat.fruitbat... -da:com.wombat.fruitbat.Brickbat <Main Class>
The -disableassertions and -da switches apply to all ss loaders and to system classes (which do not have a class loader). There is one exception to this rule: in their no-argument form, the switches do not apply to system. This makes it easy to turn on asserts in all classes except for system classes. A separate switch is provided to enable asserts in all system classes; see -disablesystemassertions below.
Enable asserts in all system classes (sets the default assertion status
for system classes to true).
Disables asserts in all system classes
|-jar||Execute a program encapsulated in a JAR archive. The first argument is the name of a JAR file instead of a startup class name. In order for this option to work, the manifest of the JAR file must contain a line of the form Main-Class:classname. Here, classname identifies the class having the public static void main(String args) method that serves as your applications starting point. See the Jar tool reference page and the Jar trail of the Java Tutorial for information about working with Jar files and Jar-file manifests.|
|When you use this option, the JAR file is the source of all user classes, and other user class path settings are ignored.|
Note that JAR files that can be run with
the "java -jar" option can have their execute
permissions set so they can be run without
using "java -jar". Refer to Java Archive (JAR) Files.
|Load a Java programming language agent, see java.lang.instrument.|
|Displays information about each class loaded.|
|Reports on each garbage collection event.|
|Reports information about use of native methods and other Java Native Interface activity.|
|-version||Displays version information and exit.|
|Displays version information and continues.|
|Displays usage information and exit.|
|-X||Displays information about non-standard options and exit.|
|-Xint||Operates in interpreted-only mode. Compilation to native code is disabled, and all bytecodes are executed by the interpreter. The performance benefits offered by the Java HotSpot VMs adaptive compiler will not be present in this mode.|
|-Xbatch||Disable background compilation. Normally the VM will compile the method as a background task, running the method in interpreter mode until the background compilation is finished. The -Xbatch flag disables background compilation so that compilation of all methods proceeds as a foreground task until completed.|
|-Xdebug||Start with support for JVMDI enabled. JVMDI has been deprecated and is not used for debugging in J2SE 5.0, so this option isnt needed for debugging in J2SE 5.0.|
|Specify a colon-separated list of directories, JAR archives, and ZIP archives to search for boot class files. These are used in place of the boot class files included in the Java 2 SDK. Note: Applications that use this option for the purpose of overriding a class in rt.jar should not be deployed as doing so would contravene the Java 2 Runtime Environment binary code license.|
|-Xbootclasspath/a:path||Specifies a colon-separated path of directories, JAR archives, and ZIP archives to append to the default bootstrap class path.|
|-Xbootclasspath/p:path||Specifies a colon-separated path of directories, JAR archives, and ZIP archives to prepend in front of the default bootstrap class path. Note: Applications that use this option for the purpose of overriding a class in rt.jar should not be deployed, as doing so would contravene the Java 2 Runtime Environment binary code license.|
|-Xcheck:jni||Perform additional checks for Java Native Interface (JNI) functions. Specifically, the Java Virtual Machine validates the parameters passed to the JNI function as well as the runtime environment data before processing the JNI request. Any invalid data encountered indicates a problem in the native code, and the Java Virtual Machine will terminate with a fatal error in such cases. Expect a performance degradation when this option is used.|
|-Xfuture||Performs strict class-file format checks. For purposes of backwards compatibility, the default format checks performed by the Java 2 SDKs virtual machine are no stricter than the checks performed by 1.1.x versions of the JDK software. The -Xfuture flag turns on stricter class-file format checks that enforce closer conformance to the class-file format specification. Developers are encouraged to use this flag when developing new code because the stricter checks will become the default in future releases of the Java application launcher.|
|-Xnoclassgc||Disables class garbage collection|
|-Xincgc||Enable the incremental garbage collector. The incremental garbage collector, which is off by default, will reduce the occasional garbage-collection pauses during program execution. The incremental garbage collector will at times execute concurrently with the program and during such times will reduce the processor capacity available to the program.|
Report on each garbage collection event, as with
-verbose:gc, but log this data to
file . In addition to the information
-verbose:gc gives, each reported event will be preceeded by the time (in seconds)
since the first garbage-collection event.
Always use a local file system for storage of this file to avoid stalling the JVM due to network latency. The file may be truncated in the case of a full file system and logging will continue on the truncated file. This option overrides -verbose:gc if both are given on the command line.
Specifies the initial size of the memory allocation pool.
This value must be a multiple of 1024 greater than 1 MB.
Append the letter
K to indicate kilobytes or the letter
M to indicate megabytes.
The default value is 2MB. Examples:
Specifies the maximum size, in bytes, of the memory allocation pool.
This value must be a multiple of 1024 greater than 2 MB.
Append the letter
K to indicate kilobytes or the letter
M to indicate megabytes.
The default value is 64MB. Examples:
|-Xprof||Profiles the running program, and sends profiling data to standard output. This option is provided as a utility that is useful in program development and is not intended to be be used in production systems.|
|Enables cpu, heap, or monitor profiling. This option is typically followed by a list of comma-separated suboption=value pairs. Run the command java -Xrunhprof:help to obtain a list of suboptions and their default values.|
Reduce usage of operating-system signals by Java virtual machine (JVM).
n a previous release, the Shutdown Hooks facility was added to allow orderly shutdown of a Java application. The intent was to allow user cleanup code (such as closing database connections) to run at shutdown, even if the JVM terminates abruptly.
Suns JVM catches signals to implement shutdown hooks for abnormal JVM termination. The JVM uses SIGHUP, SIGINT, and SIGTERM to initiate the running of shutdown hooks.
The JVM uses a similar mechanism to implement the pre-1.2 feature of dumping thread stacks for debugging purposes. Suns JVM uses SIGQUIT to perform thread dumps.
Applications that embed the JVM frequently need to trap signals like SIGINT or SIGTERM, which can lead to interference with the JVMs own signal handlers. The -Xrs command line option is available to address this issue. When -Xrs is used on Suns JVM, the signal masks for SIGINT, SIGTERM, SIGHUP, and SIGQUIT are not changed by the JVM, and signal handlers for these signals are not installed.
There are two conseguences of specifying -Xrs:
o SIGQUIT thread dumps are not available.
o User code is responsible for causing
|shutdown hooks to run, for example by calling System.exit() when the JVM is to be terminated.|
|Set thread stack size. /TP -XX:+UseAltSigs The VM uses SIGUSR1 and SIGUSR2 by default, which can sometimes conflict with applications that signal-chain SIGUSR1 and SIGUSR2. The -XX:+UseAltSigs option will cause the VM to use signals other than SIGUSR1 and SIGUSR2 as the default.|
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