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jdbc works in java app, fails in servlet: "no suitable jdbc found"

From: philfrei(at)aol(dot)com
To: pgsql-jdbc(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: jdbc works in java app, fails in servlet: "no suitable jdbc found"
Date: 2010-06-02 04:56:22
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Hi - I am new to Postgresql (and Eclipse and Tomcat--triple threat),and 
would have posted this question in the general section, but thought it 
might be more appropriate here since it concerns the JDCB.

I have successfully installed and run some example programs from Core 
Java II by Horstmann. I wish to connect to a database from a Java 
Servlet, and tried using the same code and properties as is being used 
in a Java application program (which successfully connects to the same 
db), but am getting the following error when executing the 
DriverManager.getConnection(url, username, password) code:

java.sql.SQLException: No suitable driver found for 

Is a different driver needed in the "Servlet" context? I've done 
everything I can think of to make the Java Application which works and 
the Java Servlet which fails as similar as possible, down to hardcoding 
them both to the same "" text file. This file 
contains the following data:


If I understand correctly, the third parameter of the URL defaults to 
//localhost:5432/gpsdata, which I can confirm is the location given by 
inspection in pgAdmin III. I've tried writing out the full url, and 
gone so far as to make sure everything is lowercase. But as I said, the 
same connection that will work in a Java application will not work in 
the servlet context.

In researching your archives, I came across another individual with the 
"no suitable driver" problem. His closing comments included this:

>>The problem had nothing to do with it being a web application 
(because you don't have to deploy it to generate a database schema) but 
you did put me onto the right train of thought. The problem was that 
although I had added the postgresql jdbc driver to my maven project as 
a dependency, I hadn't added it as a dependency for the 

But I'm not sure how I can apply that (I'm not using Maven, etc.), 
except to ask if there are dependancies I am overlooking? Is there, 
perhaps, something in the configuration of Apache that might be 
omitted? Something I'm supposed to put in the web.xml file? In both the 
application and the servlet, the jdbc is connected as a library, via 
Eclipse's "Data Management/Connectivity/Driver Definitions" section of 
the preferences. And if one right-click's and selects the properties of 
the connected library in each project, the library is designated as a 
"Connectivity Driver Definition".

jdbc I am using: postgresql-8.4-701.jdbc4.jar

Many thanks in advance for any assistance!


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