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From "Shapira, Yoav" <>
Subject RE: CGI ...yeah, I know (Tomcat 4.1.29)
Date Tue, 09 Nov 2004 13:51:44 GMT


>I still have one question though,
>How come when I copied the source from 4.1.31 directly into my own
>(with no dependencies) I got ClassNotFound exceptions and it would not

Was it really a CNFE or a NoClassDefFoundError?  

You have to be very careful with dependencies once you start putting
stuff in shared, common, and server classloader repositories.  That's
why I recommend never doing that, and just keeping everything in your
WEB-INF/lib directory.

The reason you must be very careful is that class loaded from
shared/lib is not the same as loaded from common/lib or
WEB-INF/lib.  A class is unique within its classloader, and these are
distinct classloaders.  This leads to problems with applications that
package classes such that some classes are in more than one repository,
or that require upwards (common/lib needing WEB-INF/lib for example)
repository lookups.  No-no.


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