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From "Howard Watson" <>
Subject An error occurred at line: -1, Unable to compile class for JSP (Netware)
Date Tue, 01 Apr 2008 16:29:11 GMT
This is an upgrade from Apache2.0.59/Tomcat4.1.31/mod_jk 1.2.15 to Apache2.0.63/Tomcat4.1.37/mod_jk
1.2.36 on Netware 6.5 sp7. Except for JSP compiles, everything including HTML, servlets and
precompiled JSPs works.
Ant.jar is there in CATALINA_HOME\common\lib. The problem is with Ant v1.7 introduced in Tomcat4.1.36.
If I use Ant v1.5 from Tomcat4.1.34 all works for me including JSP compiles. The current functioning
environment Apache2.0.63/Tomcat4.1.37/Ant1.5/mod_jk1.2.26. I use configuration as here:

As an experiment:

When using Tomcat4.1.37 and Ant v1.7 without an explicit envset (default) CATALINA_CLASSPATH=$CATALINA_HOME;\common\lib\ant.jar
in Tomcat.conf I get error: [] Could not load definitions from
resource org/apache/tools/ant/antlib.xml. It could not be found. 

When using Tomcat4.1.36/.37 and Ant v1.7 with an explicit envset CATALINA_CLASSPATH=$CATALINA_HOME;\common\lib\ant.jar
in Tomcat.conf I get NoClassDefFoundError: org/apache/tools/ant/launch/AntMain 
Short story:  Ant.jar from Tomcat4.1.34 compiles JSPs in Tomcat4.1.37. Ant.jar included with
Tomcat4.1.37 errors. I saw this with Tomcat4.1.36 also. I am simply copying .conf files from
older Apache/Tomcat to current versions.
How would I troubleshoot this further?

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