Duh. That certainly looks like it would be the problem. It had to be something pretty gross and stupid. That will lead me to a better place on deployment. I'll deploy a derby.jar alongside mine and reference it there instead of being dependent on some separate installation.
Thank you all for your patience and kind attention. Sorry to have bothered you.
From: "Rick Hillegas" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: "Derby Discussion" <email@example.com>
Sent: Tuesday, August 9, 2011 11:16:06 AM
Subject: Re: Can't Load Embedded Driver
On 8/9/11 7:50 AM, Bryan Pendleton wrote:
>> C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\java.exe -splash:EMsplash.jpg -jar "C:\Program
> Not sure if this is the problem, but I believe that if you use '-jar' on
> your command line, then CLASSPATH is ignored, and ALL the classes have to
> come from the jar, right?
That agrees with the description of "java -jar" here:
The jar file manifest needs to have a Class-Path attribute which lists
the whole classpath for the application. See
Hope this helps,