Date Created: Wed 11-May-2011

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Error in Eclipse project using Tomcat 7.

Project uses spring - albeit an older version.

SEVERE: Error configuring application listener of class org.springframework.web.context.ContextLoaderListener
java.lang.ClassNotFoundException: org.springframework.web.context.ContextLoaderListener
at org.apache.catalina.loader.WebappClassLoader.loadClass(WebappClassLoader.java:1676)
at org.apache.catalina.loader.WebappClassLoader.loadClass(WebappClassLoader.java:1521)
at org.apache.catalina.core.DefaultInstanceManager.loadClass(DefaultInstanceManager.java:415)
at org.apache.catalina.core.DefaultInstanceManager.loadClassMaybePrivileged(DefaultInstanceManager.java:397)
at org.apache.catalina.core.DefaultInstanceManager.newInstance(DefaultInstanceManager.java:118)
at org.apache.catalina.core.StandardContext.listenerStart(StandardContext.java:4618)
at org.apache.catalina.core.StandardContext$1.call(StandardContext.java:5184)
at org.apache.catalina.core.StandardContext$1.call(StandardContext.java:5179)
at java.util.concurrent.FutureTask$Sync.innerRun(Unknown Source)
at java.util.concurrent.FutureTask.run(Unknown Source)
at java.util.concurrent.ThreadPoolExecutor$Worker.runTask(Unknown Source)
at java.util.concurrent.ThreadPoolExecutor$Worker.run(Unknown Source)
at java.lang.Thread.run(Unknown Source)

Ensure you have this line in web.xml

<listener>
<listener-class>org.springframework.web.context.ContextLoaderListener</listener-class>
</listener>


I solved this by using Tomcat 6 as opposed to tomcat 7. Something is wrong in the class path when using tomcat 6. I have had several issues with Tomcat 7, but it could be that it is because Tomcat 7 is supposed to be more JEE compliant. unfortunately I have no time to review right now.

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