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From "Tony LaPaso" <>
Subject ?? Can Taglib JARs be Global ??
Date Thu, 12 Dec 2002 17:41:01 GMT

I've found something curious and was wondering if anyone had an explanation
or comment.

I'm using Tomcat v4.1.12 but this also happens on TC v4.1.16 beta.

Here's the situation: I have several Taglib JARs that I would like to make
available to *all* web applications (i.e., all "contexts"). In other words,
I do *not* want to have separate copies of each and every JAR in each web
app's "/WEB-INF/lib" directory. I'd rather just put the JARs in Tomcat's
"common/lib" directory.

What I'm finding is that if I pre-compile my JSPs, I *can* have only one set
of JARs in "common/lib", just as I want. On the other hand, if my JSPs are
compiled on request (i.e., they are not pre-compiled), then the JARs *must*
be in the "/WEB-INF/lib" directory for the particular web app.

Is this correct behavior? I wonder if it's a limitation of the JSP compiler
and if so, should it be fixed?

Any comments??



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