[java] javac error: Class names are only accepted if annotation processing is explicitly requested

I get this error when I compile my java program:

error: Class names, 'EnumDevices', are only accepted if annotation 
processing is explicitly requested
1 error

Here is the java code (I'm running this on Ubuntu).

import jcuda.CUDA;    
import jcuda.driver.CUdevprop;    
import jcuda.driver.types.CUdevice;

public class EnumDevices {

  public static void main(String args[]) {
     CUDA cuda = new CUDA(true);    
        int count = cuda.getDeviceCount();

        System.out.println("Total number of devices: " + count);

        for (int i = 0; i < count; i++) {

          CUdevice dev = cuda.getDevice(i);
          String name = cuda.getDeviceName(dev);
          System.out.println("Name: " + name);
          int version[] = cuda.getDeviceComputeCapability(dev);

          System.out.println("Version: " + 
              String.format("%d.%d", version[0], version[1]));
          CUdevprop prop = cuda.getDeviceProperties(dev);
          System.out.println("Clock rate: " + prop.clockRate + " MHz");
          System.out.println("Threads per block: " + prop.maxThreadsPerBlock);
        }
    }
}

Here is the javac command:

javac -cp /home/manish.yadav/Desktop/JCuda-All-0.3.2-bin-linux-x86_64 EnumDevices

How do I compile this program?

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I was stumped by this too because I was including the .Java extension ... then I noticed the capital J.

This will also cause the "annotation processing" error:

javac myclass.Java 

Instead, it should be:

javac myclass.java 

first download jdk from https://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/downloads/index.html. Then in search write Edit the System environment variables In open window i push bottom called Environment Variables Then in System variables enter image description here Push bottom new In field new variables write "Path" In field new value Write directory in folder bin in jdk like "C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.8.0_191\bin" but in my OS work only this "C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.8.0_191\bin\javac.exe" enter image description here press ok 3 times

Start Cmd. I push bottom windows + R. Then write cmd. In cmd write "cd (your directory with code )" looks like C:\Users\user\IdeaProjects\app\src. Then write "javac (name of your main class for your program).java" looks like blabla.java and javac create byte code like (name of your main class).class in your directory. last write in cmd "java (name of your main class)" and my program start work


If you compile multiple files in the same line, ensure that you use javac only once and not for every class file.

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Perhaps you may be compiling with file name instead of method name....Check once I too made the same mistake but I corrected it quickly .....#happy Coding


Using javac ClassName.java to compile the program, then use java ClassName to execute the compiled code. You can't mix javac with the ClassName only (without the java extension).


chandan@cmaster:~/More$ javac New.java
chandan@cmaster:~/More$ javac New
error: Class names, 'New', are only accepted if annotation processing is explicitly requested
1 error

So if you by mistake after compiling again use javac for running a program.


I created a jar file from a Maven project (by write mvn package or mvn install )

after that i open the cmd , move to the jar direction and then

to run this code the

java -cp FILENAME.jar package.Java-Main-File-Name-Class

Edited : after puting in Pom file declar the main to run the code :

java -jar FILENAME.JAR

Error : class name only accepted if annotation processing is explicitly request

To avoid this error, you should use javac command with .java extension.

Javac DescendingOrder.java <- this work perfectly.


i think this is also because of incorrect compilation..

so for linux (ubuntu).....

javac file.java

java file


I learned that you also can get this error by storing the source file in a folder named Java


The error "Class names are only accepted if annotation processing is explicitly requested" can be caused by one or more of the following:

  1. Not using the .java extension for your java file when compiling.
  2. Improper capitalization of the .java extension (i.e. .Java) when compiling.
  3. Any other typo in the .java extension when compiling.
  4. When compiling and running at the same time, forgetting to use '&&' to concatenate the two commands (i.e. javac Hangman.java java Hangman). It took me like 30 minutes to figure this out, which I noticed by running the compilation and the running the program separately, which of course worked perfectly fine.

This may not be the complete list of causes to this error, but these are the causes that I am aware of so far.


How you can reproduce this cryptic error on the Ubuntu terminal:

Put this in a file called Main.java:

public Main{
    public static void main(String[] args){
        System.out.println("ok");
    }
}

Then compile it like this:

user@defiant /home/user $ javac Main
error: Class names, 'Main', are only accepted if 
annotation processing is explicitly requested
1 error

It's because you didn't specify .java at the end of Main.

Do it like this, and it works:

user@defiant /home/user $ javac Main.java
user@defiant /home/user $

Slap your forehead now and grumble that the error message is so cryptic.