How to add jars to the classpath of tomcat in JBoss EWS and RHEL

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  • A custom script exports the CLASSPATH environment variable and executes start to start the server, but the CLASSPATH additions are not honored.
  • CATALINA_BASE/lib is ignored on private tomcat6 instances.
  • in a RHEL6 default install of Tomcat6, libraries placed in CATALINA_BASE/lib are being ignored (not loaded). Only libs placed in CATALINA_HOME/lib are being loaded. This is not the expected behavior for Tomcat6.


  • JBoss Enterprise Web Server (EWS) 1.x, 2.x
    • Tomcat 5.5
    • Tomcat 6.0
    • Tomcat 7.0
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5.x
    • Tomcat 5.5
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 6.x
    • Tomcat 6.0
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 7.x
    • Tomcat 7.0

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