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From "Kelly C. Goedert" <>
Subject Name jdbc is not bound in this Context
Date Thu, 09 Sep 2004 13:28:32 GMT

I'm getting this error " Name jdbc is not bound in this Context" on my 
application. My tomcat version is 5.0.27.

The servlet that is causing this error is trying to access a database 
with the following code:

protected IDatabaseConnection getConnection() throws Exception {
        Context ic = new InitialContext();
        Context ctx = (Context) ic.lookup("java:comp/env");
        DataSource ds = (DataSource) ic.lookup("jdbc/boxes-cactus");
        con = new DatabaseDataSourceConnection( ds);
        return con;


My web.xml has the following configuration to the datasource:

      <description>DB Connection</description>

And in $TOMCAT_HOME/conf/
Catalina/localhost/boxes-cactus.xml I got this

Context path="/boxes-cactus" docBase="boxes-cactus"
        debug="5" reloadable="true" crossContext="true">

  <Logger className="org.apache.catalina.logger.FileLogger"
             prefix="localhost_DBTest_log." suffix=".txt"

  <Resource name="jdbc/boxes-cactus"

  <ResourceParams name="jdbc/boxes-cactus">

    <!-- Maximum number of dB connections in pool. Make sure you
         configure your mysqld max_connections large enough to handle
         all of your db connections. Set to 0 for no limit.

    <!-- Maximum number of idle dB connections to retain in pool.
         Set to -1 for no limit.  See also the DBCP documentation on this
         and the minEvictableIdleTimeMillis configuration parameter.

    <!-- Maximum time to wait for a dB connection to become available
         in ms, in this example 10 seconds. An Exception is thrown if
         this timeout is exceeded.  Set to -1 to wait indefinitely.

    <!-- MySQL dB username and password for dB connections  -->

    <!-- Class name for the old mm.mysql JDBC driver - uncomment this 
entry and comment next
         if you want to use this driver - we recommend using Connector/J 
    <!-- Class name for the official MySQL Connector/J driver -->
    <!-- The JDBC connection url for connecting to your MySQL dB.
         The autoReconnect=true argument to the url makes sure that the
         mm.mysql JDBC Driver will automatically reconnect if mysqld 
closed the
         connection.  mysqld by default closes idle connections after 8 

Can anyone help?


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