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How-To install java on the target and run a java program.

Install java packages GNU Classpath and JamVM

Add the GNU Classpath and JamVM to your target:

 $ make menuconfig   

Goto the buildroot packages and enable the Java package and from the java sub menu select both GNU classpath and JamVM packages. You have to rebuild a new rootfs et update your target

Warning Warning: If your java sub menu is empty then you have to select it first from the upper menu.

Warning Warning: With releases after 3.4 of armadeus you have to activate the Classpath library first (packages->Libraries->Java->classpath) then Jamvm itself (packages->Interpreter languages..->jamvm)

Run a java program

You can run your java program compiled for your host. Upload your jar, zip or class files to the target then use the jamvm command to run your program.

jamvm -jar myprog.jar
If your program requires some other libraries, you will have to install these on the target first or build your program to provide your code and these libraries.

Java programs and native libraries

The use of native libraries can be required when plateform-specific features are needed. In such a context, Java Native Interface (JNI) is helpful. This framework is included in the jamvm package but another tool called SWIG (Simplified Wrapper and Interface Generator) facilitates the design of this interface. SWIG can be installed in debian/ubuntu linux distributions as follows

sudo apt-get install swig

Then, an example can be easily tested. For instance, the one proposed in the tutorial submenu of the SWIG website is based on a single example.c file (and an associated interface file example.i similar to a header file .h). The key function of this library is char * get_time() because it is based on a system-based library (header file time.h). Use the following commands to produce the required files (native library and static class example.class)

swig -java example.c example.i
arm-linux-gcc -fpic -c example.c example_wrap.c
arm-linux-gcc -shared example.o example_wrap.o -o
 public class test {
   public static void main(String argv[]) {
Warning Warning: The name of the java test class is "main" in the SWIG tutorial but "test" is preferred here due to the ambiguity between the name of the class and the name of the main function.

Then, three files (, example.class, exampleJNI.class and test.class) must be downloaded into the APF board. They can be placed in the tftp server directory (e.g. /tftpboot) and then downloaded as follows (with the correct XXX.XXX.XXX.XXX IP address)

tftp -g -r XXX.XXX.XXX.XXX
tftp -g -r example.class XXX.XXX.XXX.XXX
tftp -g -r exampleJNI.class XXX.XXX.XXX.XXX
tftp -g -r test.class XXX.XXX.XXX.XXX

Verifiy (and change if necessary) privileges of these files. Then run the test class

jamvm -Djava.library.path=$LD_LIBRARY_PATH test

where $LD_LIBRARY_PATH is the path of the directory where is located in (e.g. /root).