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From Erik Lotspeich <>
Subject Problems building Tomcat.
Date Tue, 24 Apr 2001 16:26:52 GMT

I am new to Jakarta and Tomcat, and I am having trouble building Tomcat.
I'm sure that this comes up on the list alot, so I don't mean to beat a
dead horse here.

I've looked through and read all of the FAQs, looked through newsgroup
archives on DejaNews, printed out hundreds of pages of documentation
from the website, and read all of the readme
files and install documents.  What I experience building Jakarta does not
correspond with the documentation.

I'm trying to build Jakarta 3.2.  I've successfully built a usable Ant.
However, when I try to build jakarta-servletapi with the script,
I get the following message.

Exception in thread "main" java.lang.NoClassDefFoundError: org/apache/tools/ant/Main

When I run ant with no arguments (assuming that it finds the build.xml
flie), it appears to build ok.  Is this normal?  What is the correct way
to build jakarta-servletapi?  The docs say to run

When I try to build jakarta-tomcat from source, I get a similar error if I
try, and when I try to build it with ant alone, I get tons of
errors.  I noted that previous versions of Tomcat included a taglib and a
tools package.  Where do I obtain these for the 3.2 release?  They are not
located in the directory at where I found servletapi
and tomcat.

Is there a comprehensive source of documentation or a procedure for how to
build this beast?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance,


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