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From "Vladislovas Razas" <>
Subject Problem accessing WEB-INF/lib (Launching Tomcat from Eclipse without any plugins)
Date Wed, 16 Jun 2004 14:35:24 GMT

I did set up Eclipse to run Tomcat. When I run Tomcat 5 standalone (I mean NOT from Eclipse)
I don't have this problem. My application can't access WEB-INF/lib unless I also put all *.jar
files in classpath. I know this should not be required and Tomcat would normally access them
without classpath. 

I configured Eclipse as follows:

Main class: org.apache.catalina.startup.Bootstrap
Program arguments: start
VM arguments: -Djava.endorsed.dirs="c:\java\tomcat\common\endorsed" -Dcatalina.base="c:\java\tomcat"
Local directory: C:\Java\tomcat\bin

Classpath bootstrap entries: c:\Java\jdk\jre\lib\rt.jar 
User entries: bootstrap.jar (TOMCAT) and tools.jar (JDK)

Tomcat starts correctly but I get NoClassDefException when main application servlet tries
to call that JAR (when running from Eclipse). I am sure I have that JAR in my WEB-INF/lib.

I don't understand how does Tomcat know it has to make WEB-INF/lib available and why it doesn't
do it when I try to run it from Eclipse. Did I miss any settings?

My best regards,

P.S. There is workaround by explicitly putting all jars in classpath but I am very anxious
to understand why this is happening. 
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