javaw launcher

Andrew Hughes ahughes at
Mon Sep 24 13:46:40 UTC 2012

----- Original Message -----
> hi all,
> 	this may seem a strange request but here goes..
> IBM ships  its runtimes with a javaw launcher on all platforms - not
> just Windows.
> We do this for consistency reasons so that applications using Java
> know that they can just call "javaw"  on any platform and not have
> to worry about getting a console window show up.   It makes life
> just a little simpler and easier for everyone.
> What I'd like to explore is either getting javaw added to all
> platforms in OpenJDK- or figure out if there is a moral equivalent
> that can be used instead.
> Your thoughts would be appreciated..
> Cheers
> Steve

Couldn't javaw just be a symlink on some platforms?  I don't see how it
would be any different on, say, GNU/Linux platforms.

Andrew :)

Free Java Software Engineer
Red Hat, Inc. (

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