In order to execute Agents you will need a Java Virtual Machine. You can download the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) from Sun. Agents was written with JDK 1.4.2, but 1.3 or maybe even 1.2 should do. (However, Java version 1.1 will not!)
Using Java Web Start
Possibly the easiest way to install and launch JAgents is to click
on the Web Start link on the navigation bar at the left. This
requires a reasonably recent version of Java and a Browser that
If you see an open file dialog and no application is known, the
one to use is
Extract the archive you downloaded to a directory of your choice.
On some operating systems it suffices to double click the file
java -jar agents.jar
This is the easiest (and the recommended) way to compile Agents.
Type "ant -projecthelp" to get information about other ant targets.
Using Emacs and JDEE
Follow step 1. from the previous section. The project contains a file named "prj.el". This is a settings file for the Java Development Environment for Emacs (JDEE). If JDEE is installed, simply open a source file in emacs and compile it. If you do this for the first time, you may have to create the build directory first. Of course you can also compile the Java source files by hand.