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From "Ludwig, Michael" <>
Subject RE: Executing javascript ant task with jdk 1.6
Date Tue, 16 Nov 2010 11:23:39 GMT
> Subject: RE: Executing javascript ant task with jdk 1.6
> Here is the output. I have kept bsf.jar in the classpath in as
> without that I am getting error  "java.lang.NoClassDefFoundError:
> org/apache/bsf/BSFException".

This might be the problem. As far as I know (may the experts step in to
correct me), there are various scripting engines, at least BSF (third
party component) and javax.script (in 1.6). Adding BSF overrides the
JDK 1.6 default of javax.scripting.

> Below error is when I have removed "js.jar" from classpath. This
> output is with -debug option.
> ===========BEGIN==============================
> Adding reference: ant.PropertyHelper
> Detected Java version: 1.5 in: /home/java6/jre

1.6 as 1.5? Don't know whether this matters.

> Detected OS: HP-UX
> Adding reference: ant.ComponentHelper
> Setting ro project property: ant.version -> Apache Ant version 1.6.5 
> compiled on June 2 2005

There was no 1.6 back then. But 1.6.5 is the latest 1.6.

> [echoproperties]

> java.lang.NoSuchMethodError: 
> org.mozilla.javascript.Context.getDebuggableEngine()Lorg/mozilla/javascript/debug/DebuggableEngine;
>         at org.apache.bsf.engines.javascript.JavaScriptEngine.eval(Unknown Source)
>         at org.apache.bsf.util.BSFEngineImpl.exec(Unknown Source)
>         at org.apache.bsf.BSFManager$ Source)
>         at Method)
>         at org.apache.bsf.BSFManager.exec(Unknown Source)
>         at
>         at

Might be that either of or the presence of BSF triggers
loading of org.mozilla.javascript instead of the Sun version.

I think it's BSF. With BSF on Ant's classpath (and also commons-logging,
a prerequisite), I'm seeing an exception for the following Ant script:

<script language="javascript">

java.lang.NoClassDefFoundError: org/mozilla/javascript/Scriptable

Without BSF, it works fine with JDK 1.6 javax.script.

I can't see anything in BSF.jar/META-INF that would override some
system property defining the scripting engine. I don't even know if
there is any such property (as for the XML parser and XSLT processor).

So I assume the code trying to load BSF is in Ant 1.6.5, probably in
the <script> task. It was released in 06/2005 and doesn't work with
JDK 1.6, which was released in 12/2006.

Upgrade Ant. :-)


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