Jar in classpath but still class not found

Philipp <djbulu@gmail.com>
Thu, 16 Apr 2009 02:46:10 -0700 (PDT)
Sorry, this seems so obvious, but I can't find why it doesn't work.

1. Class MyPrinter in package mytest
package mytest;
public class MyPrinter {
  public void print(){

2. Class PrintTest imports package mytest.MyPrinter and uses it. Note
PrintTest is in default package.
import mytest.MyPrinter;
public class PrintTest {
  public static void main(String[] args) {
    MyPrinter ps = new MyPrinter();

I export the package mytest as a Printer.jar file:
META-INF/MANIFEST.MF contains just:
Manifest-Version: 1.0

Printer.jar contains a folder mytest with the compiled class
MyPrinter.class in it.

Now I want to run PrintTest using that compiled file in the jar, so I
compile it:
$ javac -cp Printer.jar PrintTest.java

Compilation succeeds and PrintTest.class is created.

Now executing:
$ java -cp Printer.jar PrintTest
Exception in thread "main" java.lang.NoClassDefFoundError: PrintTest
Caused by: java.lang.ClassNotFoundException: PrintTest
        at java.net.URLClassLoader$1.run(Unknown Source)
        at java.security.AccessController.doPrivileged(Native Method)
        at java.net.URLClassLoader.findClass(Unknown Source)
        at java.lang.ClassLoader.loadClass(Unknown Source)
        at sun.misc.Launcher$AppClassLoader.loadClass(Unknown Source)
        at java.lang.ClassLoader.loadClass(Unknown Source)
        at java.lang.ClassLoader.loadClassInternal(Unknown Source)
Could not find the main class: PrintTest. Program will exit.

But this works!
$ java -Xbootclasspath/a:Printer.jar PrintTest

What am I doing wrong?

Thanks Phil

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