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Java Platform, Standard Edition Tools Reference
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The Java Platform, Standard Edition (Java SE) Command Reference describes the valid options and arguments for Java SE commands. In many cases, examples are included to show correct usage. If you want conceptual information or need step-by-step instructions about these topics, see The Java Tutorials at


This document is intended for Java SE developers who want to use the commands provided in the JDK.

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Related Documents

For more information, see the following documents in the Java SE Release 7.0 documentation set:

  • Java Platform, Standard Edition, Release Notes


The following text conventions are used in this document:

Convention Meaning
boldface Boldface type indicates graphical user interface elements associated with an action, or terms defined in text or the glossary.
italic Italic type indicates book titles, emphasis, or placeholder variables for which you supply particular values.
monospace Monospace type indicates commands within a paragraph, URLs, code in examples, text that appears on the screen, or text that you enter.

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