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I have installed java longtime back,

which java 

java -version

java version "1.7.0_09-icedtea"
OpenJDK Runtime Environment (rhel-
OpenJDK 64-Bit Server VM (build 23.7-b01, mixed mode)

Typing java throws me up with the options which could mean that java is installed.

In my JDK path, /usr/lib/jvm/java-1.7.0-openjdk- I see jre/bin and under that I find java executable binary. I don't see javac. my JAVA_HOME (is set to my java dir) , says this -bash: /usr/lib/jvm/java-1.7.0-openjdk- is a directory

Do I need to install JDK ? How to run javac from any directory ?

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You seem to be using RHEL and not Ubuntu: be aware that names of packages are typically not the same in the two distributions... – Joni Oct 6 '13 at 10:26
Yes, you need a JDK to use javac (the Java compiler). – Nathan Osman Oct 8 '13 at 2:35

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It looks like you have installed only the runtime environment. For development you need to install a Java Development Kit (JDK); for example openjdk-7-jdk.

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