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From "Shapira, Yoav" <>
Subject RE: Conflicting Jar Files
Date Thu, 08 Apr 2004 21:19:00 GMT


>If I have a jar file in the lib folder of my application, and the same
>file in the commons/lib folder under Tomcat, which set of jar files
>get priority when I run the application?

WEB-INF/lib.  The order is here:

>Also, will Tomcat use jar files
>that are outside of it's context?

Yes, as you've surmised yourself: common/lib, common/endorsed,
shared/lib, server/lib, $JAVA_HOME/jre/lib/ext, anything designated as
JVM endorsed classloader directories.

Yoav shapira

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