The binary release includes only the binary compiled ‘
versions of the same ‘
.java’ source files in the source release.
It does not include any documentation, so you probably want the
source release in addition to the binary release. The purpose
of the binary release is just to save you the time and trouble of
compiling the sources.
The binary release requires Java 5 (JDK 1.5) or later.
It does include support for certain Java 6 features
javax.script, and Unicode normalization),
but these feature only work if you use Java 6, not Java 5.
If you have an older Java implementation, or build for a mobile
environment like Android, or optimize for Java 6,
then you will need to get the source distribution.
The binary release comes as a
Copy this archive to some suitable location,
Then, before you can actually run Kawa, you need to set
so it includes the Kawa archive. On Unix, using a Bourne-style shell:
CLASSPATH=/usr/local/lib/kawa.jar export CLASSPATH
On Windows you need to set
classpath in a DOS console.
Then to run Kawa do:
To run Kawa in a fresh window, you can do:
java kawa.repl -w