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

From: philfrei(at)aol(dot)com
To: craig(at)postnewspapers(dot)com(dot)au
Cc: pgsql-jdbc(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: jdbc works in java app, fails in servlet: "no suitable jdbc found"
Date: 2010-06-03 00:28:13
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Thank you for the reply!

>You need to preload the PostgreSQL driver...

Being new to this, I find myself second-guessing words as simple as 
"preload". The servlet "NearbyTest" has a constructor and a single 
method "doGet" which is invoked by an HTML page. As the first working 
statement in the "doGet" method (at this point everything else is 
commented out), I tried using the recommended statements. Both of them 
elicited the same error message:

try {
//  Class.forName("org.postgresql.Driver");
} catch (ClassNotFoundException e1) {

java.lang.ClassNotFoundException: org.postgresql.Driver
    at nearbyGPS.NearByTest.doGet(

---where nearbyGPS is the package and NearByTest is the servlet class.

As an experiment I tried importing the Driver class directly, e.g.:

import org.postgresql.*;
--and the form--
import org.postgresql.Driver;

These import statements both compile without complaint. But the same 
error occurs. I'm afraid that there must be something rather 
fundamental that I am missing. Is there another stage (prior to the 
servlet's "doGet") at which the "preloading" should occur?

I just tried placing the recommended connection code in the 
constructor, and get exactly the same error message and stack trace.

Eclipse has the option of right-clicking the project and selecting 
"Configure Build Path". On this project, the PostgreSQL JDBC driver is 
listed alongside the JRE and Apache libraries.

The stack trace indicates code that is part of Apache. Is there 
possibly something that has to be configured in Apache that is missing?

Many, many thanks in advance.


>On 02/06/10 12:56, philfrei(at)aol(dot)com wrote:
>> Hi - I am new to Postgresql (and Eclipse and Tomcat--triple 
>> would have posted this question in the general section, but thought 
>> 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 
>> in a Java application program (which successfully connects to the 
>> db), but am getting the following error when executing the
>> DriverManager.getConnection(url, username, password) code:
>> java.sql.SQLException: No suitable driver found for 
>The JRE's JDBC is complaining that it doesn't know what to do with URLs
>of type 'jdbc:postgresql'. This means that the PostgreSQL JDBC driver
>hasn't been loaded.
>You need to preload the PostgreSQL driver, org.postgresql.Driver , to
>register it with JDBC so that JDBC knows to use it for 'postgresql' 
>Load the JDBC driver with with 'Class.forName' if it's on the System
>classpath, or (preferably) the classloader that loaded your servelet.
>> Is a different driver needed in the "Servlet" context?
>No, but you might need to load it differently if your container doesn't
>use the system classloader.
>You can use the classloader that loaded the currently running object 
>  this.getClass().getClassLoader().loadClass('org.postgresql.Driver');
>Craig Ringer
>Tech-related writing:

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