You can generate an index file for your JAR file which is used to speed up class loading.
You must use the option i with the jar command in a separate command, after you have created a JAR file.
jar i test.jar
This command will add a META-INF/INDEX.LIST file to the test.jar file.
You can verify it by listing the table of contents of the test.jar file by using the following command:
jar tf test.jar
INDEX.LIST file contains location information for all packages in all JAR files.
You can include an attribute called Class-Path in the manifest file of a JAR file.
It is a space-separated list of JAR files. The attribute value is used to search and load classes when you run the JAR file.