Aaron Aaron - 1 month ago 9
Java Question

Java starting another Java Application

I am in the process of building a wrapper jar for a jar that I built. It will handle updating the main application and making sure users are valid users. I am having a major issue though, because I can't get the external jar launching function working. This is what I have so far:

ProcessBuilder builder = new ProcessBuilder("java -jar ~/Documents.Java/myJar.jar");
try {
Process process = builder.start();
} catch (Exception e) {

However, I am just getting a file not found exception.

java.io.IOException: Cannot run program "java -jar ~/Documents/Java/myJar.jar": error=2, No such file or directory
at java.lang.ProcessBuilder.start(ProcessBuilder.java:1048)
at com.mycompany.DHSLauncher.Launcher.lambda$4(Launcher.java:109)
at java.util.Optional.ifPresent(Optional.java:159)
at com.mycompany.DHSLauncher.Launcher.showLogin(Launcher.java:102)
at com.mycompany.DHSLauncher.Launcher.start(Launcher.java:35)
at com.sun.javafx.application.LauncherImpl.lambda$launchApplication1$162(LauncherImpl.java:863)
at com.sun.javafx.application.PlatformImpl.lambda$runAndWait$175(PlatformImpl.java:326)
at com.sun.javafx.application.PlatformImpl.lambda$null$173(PlatformImpl.java:295)
at java.security.AccessController.doPrivileged(Native Method)
at com.sun.javafx.application.PlatformImpl.lambda$runLater$174(PlatformImpl.java:294)
at com.sun.glass.ui.InvokeLaterDispatcher$Future.run(InvokeLaterDispatcher.java:95)

Caused by: java.io.IOException: error=2, No such file or directory
at java.lang.UNIXProcess.forkAndExec(Native Method)
at java.lang.UNIXProcess.<init>(UNIXProcess.java:248)
at java.lang.ProcessImpl.start(ProcessImpl.java:134)
at java.lang.ProcessBuilder.start(ProcessBuilder.java:1029)
... 10 more

If I copy
java -jar ~/Documents.Java/myJar.jar
and paste it right into terminal, it works and the jar launches. I have no idea what is going on here. Is the path supposed to be relative to the location of the running jar?


Near dupe Java execute process on linux

In addition to the correct points about tilde-(non-)expansion, you are passing an entire commandline as one argument to new ProcesssBuilder. Unlike Runtime.exec() which treats a single String as a special case and splits into whitespace-delimited tokens mostly (but not exactly) like typical Unix shells, the ProcessBuilder ctor does not do this. This can be seen in the exception message at the beginning of the traceback you posted. You need separate arguments like:

ProcessBuilder builder = new ProcessBuilder("java", "-jar", 
// three String's passed to vararg, compiler makes array for you

or possibly (but I don't recommend)

String line = "java -jar " + System.getProperty("user.home")+"/Documents.Java/myJar.jar";
ProcessBuilder builder = new ProcessBuilder( line.split(" ") );
// array of three String's passed directly to vararg

And replace java by a full pathname if the desired java program (or a link to it) isn't found first when searching the PATH in effect for your JVM process.