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From Eric Hansen <>
Subject The disappearing classpath
Date Fri, 01 Nov 2002 20:27:26 GMT
I having trouble with Tomcat 4.0.x Tomcat when deploying a war file.... I'm
getting classdefnotfound exceptions in my web app.

It turns out that this happens only when I am using jar files that are
external to the WEB-INF/lib (ie. in the [tomcat_home]/common/lib directory)
and so it seems that Tomcat stops looking for classes in the WEB-INF/lib
once it uses the external library - because as soon as I put all all the
required libs inside the WEB-INF/lib path, the web app works fine.

However, I have classes that are needed for multiple apps I would like to
deploy the jar in only one place. Can anyone explain to me how I can use
classes in a jar file from the external lib and still have access to my
WEB-INF/lib jars too???


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