The SpeciesChecker software is written in Java, which means that it
can be run on any system that has the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) installed
on it. It is recommended that it be used with Windows, as it was developed
and tested under the Windows 98 operating system and the interface’s appearance
is optimized for Windows. However, the software will run under Linux, Solaris
or any other operating system with the JRE installed on it. It is required
that version 1.3 or higher of the JRE be installed.
3.2 Installing the Java Runtime Environment
If your system already has the JRE installed, you may skip this section. If not, you will need to install it in order to run SpeciesChecker. It can be downloaded for free from the java.sun.com web site. At the time of release of this document, the precise URL is http://java.sun.com/products/jdk/1.2/jre/download-windows.html. Choose the language and operating system that is appropriate from this site, and then download the JRE.
When the download is complete, follow the given installation instructions. Make sure that you follow the necessary instructions to make it possible to run Java in arbitrary directories. Under Windows 98, this means adding an entry such as C:\JDK1.3\BIN; to your path variable in your AUTOEXEC.BAT file. The necessary instructions will be provided when you download the JRE.
If you are unsure if you have the JRE installed on your system, you
may wish to follow the instructions in Sections 3.3 and 3.5. If you are
able to run SpeciesChecker as outlined in Section 3.5, then you already
have the JRE installed on your system. If not, then you will need to download
and install it, as explained above.
3.3 Installing the SpeciesChecker Program
All of the SpeciesChecker files are contained in the spchk.zip file.
The files contained in this file can be unpacked using WinZip, Stuffit
Expander or any other free archiving utility. The files can be unpacked
to any directory that you like on your system.
3.4 Guide to Bundled Files
You will find the following files and directories upon extracting the SpeciesChecker files from the spchk.zip file:
3.5 Running the SpeciesChecker Program
One of the files that is extracted is called sc.jar. This is the file that should be run in order to use SpeciesChecker. You can run it either by double clicking on it or by typing the following line at a command prompt, such as the DOS prompt:
java -jar sc.jar
As an alternative, you may also move into the ClassFiles directory and type the following from a command prompt: