Re: netbeans doesn't create lib directory under dist

Nigel Wade <>
Thu, 01 Nov 2007 16:25:53 +0000
Lew wrote:

Lew wrote:

NetBeans isn't supposed to put a lib directory under dist/. It goes in
build/. dist/ is where the JAR / WAR / EAR files go.

Nigel Wade wrote:

The dist/ directory of an application is supposed to be self-contained so


the contents of dist/ can be packaged and shipped as a single entity. dist/
contains the application jar, and dist/lib any jars on which the main jar
depends. The manifest of the application's jar will include lib/whatever.jar


the classpath for each dependent jar.

By golly, you're right. It sure looks like a NetBeans bug to me.

I had gotten so used to web apps that I forgot to double-check application


It has its advantages and disadvantages. It is convenient that the application
is self-contained and means the application can be easily tested outside of
NetBeans. But if you are building several applications all of which have
similar dependencies then you end up with a huge amount of duplication.

Nigel Wade, System Administrator, Space Plasma Physics Group,
            University of Leicester, Leicester, LE1 7RH, UK
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