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Old 09-11-2009
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Define Manifest File in Java

I have been assigned a new project to be developed in Java. I have been doing a lot of research for this project. I have read a lot to learn Java. But there is this one question which I am not able to understand "What are Manifest Files in Java" ?Can anyone define what are manifest files? Help me to understand the concept and overview if Manifest files in Java.

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Re: Define Manifest File in Java

Even I have been learning Java very recently. I was also not able to understand Manifest files in Java. It took quite long for me to understand this concept of Manifest files in Java. To put it into a simple overview, a JAR Manifest file has a main section. This main section is followed by a list sections for individual JAR file entries wherein each is separated by a newline.
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Re: Define Manifest File in Java

A Java JAR file can wasily support an enormous range of functionality, which also includes version control, electronic signing, extensions, package sealing and others. This is a very dnamic and versatile abilty of JAR file. This is provided by the JAR file's manifest. The manifest file is a special file in Java. This file contains information about the files that are packaged in a JAR file. By
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Re: Define Manifest File in Java

A [b]manifest file[/B] is a very specific file that the JAR archive contains on the Java platform. It is used for the definition of extension and package related data. It is a meta data file. This file includes name-value pairs organized in different sections. For a JAR file to be used as an executable file, the manifest file specifies the main class of the application. The manifest file is named with .MF extentions, eg. MANIFEST.MF.
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