When launching the Minecraft game(I am using 1.8.9), on my dock on a Mac, I'll see two apps running related to it:
The grass block is labeled
Minecraft, and it is the Minecraft launcher. The crafting table is labeled
java, and it is the game itself.
I can right-click on
Minecraft and quit it, and the game appears to be unaffected. I have launcher visibility in the profile unchecked, and the default is
Close launcher when game starts. When I close
Minecraft immediately closes too.
What is the purpose of running
Minecraft while running
java and what will quitting