Re: startup code

Patricia Shanahan <>
Wed, 29 Aug 2012 02:42:17 -0700
On 8/29/2012 12:21 AM, Roedy Green wrote:

On Tue, 28 Aug 2012 14:00:47 -0700 (PDT), Lew <>
wrote, quoted or indirectly quoted someone who said :

The class init block won't run until the class is initialized

I think he means by "the program" the class name invoked on the
command line. In that case the static init blocks in that class will
execute even before the main method.

It is very important to say that only the class containing the main
method is initialized on program start-up. I would agree with "static
init block in the class containing the main method" as an answer to the
original question.

I did not see anything in the original question that identifies the
class whose code is to be run with the main method class. Even if that
is the OP's intent, we need to make sure that others will not be
confused by the answer. As a new Java programmer, I wasted some time
trying to get something in each of a set of classes to run on program

Under what conditions does a class load without running the static
init blocks?

Any time it is loaded without being initialized. See
for the conditions that cause initialization.

For example, the following program:

public class ClassLoadLink {
   public static void main(String[] args) throws ClassNotFoundException {
     Class<?> c = Class.forName("TestClass", false,
     System.out.println("Class " + c.getName() + " loaded");
     new TestClass();


class TestClass {
   static {
     System.out.println("In TestClass initialization");


Class TestClass loaded
In TestClass initialization

The class TestClass has to be loaded prior to the first output line in
order to have a Class object. It does not get initialized until creation
of an instance.

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