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From Stefan Bodewig <>
Subject Re: Baffled in classloader land
Date Fri, 31 Oct 2003 15:50:23 GMT
On Fri, 31 Oct 2003, Geir Magnusson, Jr. <> wrote:

> This just makes me worried about changing the resource loader in
> Velocity, because it will probably bite us elsewhere

Yes, and I don't think you can expect applications to set the context
classloader all the time.  If you look at the Javadocs of
Thread.getContextClassloader it says 

| The context ClassLoader of the primordial thread is typically set to
| the class loader used to load the application.

which is not a very strong statement.  "typically".  Honestly, I've
never thought about setting the context classloader in stand-alon apps
of mine.

I've just had a short look into commons-discovery.  They search the
thread context classloader and getClass().getClassloader().  At least
that's my understanding of ServiceDiscoveryTask.  So maybe you should
fall back to your class's classloader if a resource cannot be loaded
via the context classloader.


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