I'm trying to get sublimelinter to work with java so that I can lint my java program, but I don't know what javac -Xlint or what the path is. So my question is, what is PATHs and -xlint?

I've got sublimelinter pointed to C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.7.0_17\bin for java files, but it's still not working.

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Sublimelinter doesn't have easy to follow documentation. So here's what I did to get it working for me.

In your sublimetext project file, you have to set up the SublimeLinter object and configure the Java lint settings.

Suppose you have a project structure like so:

│   ├───main
│   │   ├───java
│   │   │   └───com
│   │   │       └───yoursite
│   │   ├───resources
│   │   └───webapp
│   │       └───WEB-INF
│   └───test
│       └───java
│           └───com
│               └───yoursite
    │   └───com
    │       └───yoursite
    │   ├───META-INF
    │   └───WEB-INF
    │       ├───classes
    │       │   └───com
    │       │       └───yoursite
    │       └───lib
  • working_directory : The absolute path to your work area. (Anyone know how to reference paths in the folders.path?) Also, the rest of the paths are relative to this one.
  • lint_args : arguments passed to javac
    • -sourcepath : path to your source files.
    • classpath : path to compiled classes.
    • -Xlint, -Xlint:-serial: javac command line options.
    • {filename} : SublimeLinter reference to the current file.

From javac

-Xlint: Enable all recommended warnings. In this release, all available warnings are recommended. -Xlint:serial: Warn about missing serialVersionUID definitions on serializable classes.

projectname.sublime-project 1

    "folders": [
            "path": "C:\\path\\to\\projectname",
            "name": "projectname"
    "settings": {
                "working_directory": "C:\\path\\to\\projectname",
                    "-sourcepath", "src/main/java;c:\\some\\absolute\\path",
                    "-classpath", "C:\\Users\\UERNAME\\.m2\\repository\\path\\to\\file.jar;target/classes",
                    "-Xlint", "-Xlint:-serial",
  • Agreed. Way too much in my opinion.
    – grocky
    Mar 7, 2014 at 17:46

You can also simply add to your CLASSPATH the folders containing the classes you are using.

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