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From "Craig R. McClanahan" <>
Subject Re: Moving /WEB-INF/lib or adding to it in TC 4.0
Date Tue, 07 Aug 2001 00:10:43 GMT

On Mon, 6 Aug 2001, Holscher, David M wrote:

> I've waded through a lot of source now and can't figure out how point the
> /WEB-INF/lib directory for my web application somewhere else or at least add
> another directory for jar files. This is a useful thing in my current
> development environment where I need jar files in two places. Changing where
> the /WEB-INF/lib directory is avoids synchronization issues.

The way that the WEB-INF/lib directory works (and where it is relative to
the document root) is required by the servlet specification, and cannot be
changed.  It's a key requirement for self-contained web applications that
are portable across containers.

Most servlet containers provide a mechanism to support additional JAR
files that are visible to web apps.  For Tomcat 4, that mechanism is the
$CATALINA_HOME/lib directory -- all JAR files placed here are
automatically made visible to all web applications.

> David Holscher 

Craig McClanahan

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