View Full Version : Java Terminal Help!

Mar 20, 2009, 04:26 AM
Okay, I have officially put myself to the test. I am making a TERMINAL EMULATOR IN JAVA! :D I've made the GUI, the mac menu, actionlisteners... everything... it's just the terminal unix part isn't goin' so well.

Here's my code for the command runner so far:
package programming;

import java.io.*;

public class Unix {

public static String command(String cmd) {

String s = null;
String text = "";

try {

// run the Unix "ps -ef" command

Process p = Runtime.getRuntime().exec(cmd);

BufferedReader stdInput = new BufferedReader(new

BufferedReader stdError = new BufferedReader(new

// read the output from the command

while ((s = stdInput.readLine()) != null) {
text = text + s;

// read any errors from the attempted command

while ((s = stdError.readLine()) != null) {
text = text + s;

catch (Exception e) {

return text;

It works when I do stuff like ls, echo, and cd, but for unknown commands it doesn't say anything, other stuff it messes up, etc. For example, when I type in python, it freezes up.
PS: My dad fixed the computer somehow. If you're wondering what I'm talking about, look at my recent threads.

Anyways, how can I improve this code? I want to make it so that I can give it any command and it will return what it would spit back out at you in a real terminal. I want it to be fully functional! :D

Note, to see my program, change the extension of the .zip to a .jar, and open it. You can see how the terminal behaves.
Nooo! the jar didn't wooork!!! I'll upload a new one soon.

Ok, got the new jar. It works. I didn't set the main() in the old one.

AHHH! It auto-decompresses it! Darn... I'll try again...