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Hey guys Suppose I have a [A.java] file in my [D drive] and [b.java] in [ C drive] how will I import class A in class B . I came across this during Python so I had to keep both files in same folder when i googled it it showed be class-path nonsense that I was not able to understand.How will this work in java if the package is in different drive.

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Alexander Nikiforov
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Alexander Nikiforov
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Interesting question.

I believe Oracle Documentation here can help you.

Quoting from here:

Understanding the class path and package names Java classes are organized into packages which are mapped to directories in the file system. But, unlike the file system, whenever you specify a package name, you specify the whole package name -- never part of it. For example, the package name for java.awt.Button is always specified as java.awt.

For example, suppose you want the Java runtime to find a class named Cool.class in the package utility.myapp. If the path to that directory is C:\java\MyClasses\utility\myapp, you would set the class path so that it contains C:\java\MyClasses.

To run that app, you could use the following JVM command:

C:> java -classpath C:\java\MyClasses utility.myapp.Cool

When the app runs, the JVM uses the class path settings to find any other classes defined in the utility.myapp package that are used by the Cool class.

Note that the entire package name is specified in the command. It is not possible, for example, to set the class path so it contains C:\java\MyClasses\utility and use the command java myapp.Cool. The class would not be found.

(You may be wondering what defines the package name for a class. The answer is that the package name is part of the class and cannot be modified, except by recompiling the class.)

I think it is pretty explicit example, try that out :) Worked for me.

So you can compile your Cool.java class on disk D for example, and using the -classpath you can run it anywhere.

My advice is however to finish Java Track first and learn to use dependency management. Tools like Gradle and Maven will keep things organized for you, even if you use external jars