[jdom-interest] Xerxes Parser and JDOM

Jason Hunter jhunter at acm.org
Fri Jan 25 16:37:58 PST 2002

A couple weeks ago Tobias wrote in complaining that his applet was
always trying to fetch xerces.jar from his server while he was using
crimson.jar as his parser, and wondered why.  I pointed him at the
MANIFEST.MF file.  Seems that was the culprit.

So now we have a decision to make.  Do we

a) Remove the Class-Path line from the MANIFEST.  Upside:  People who
use Crimson won't see two 404 hits.  Downside:  People who use Xerces
will have to explicitly include it in the applet tags.  Further
downside:  The cool "java -jar jdom.jar" easter egg won't work anymore!

b) Keep the Class-Path line.  Upside:  Easy Xerces and cool -jar. 
Downside:  Two wasted hits.

I suspect there may be a third choice, or more upsides/downsides to this
issue, so I'm writing to the list to see if anyone else has a thought.


tobias.kaempf at web.de wrote:
> Hi,
> I tried removing the Entry in the META-INF/MANIFEST.MF and it works.
> There is no request for the Xerxes.jar any more on the Network.
> Thanks for this.
> The Entry was in the 3. Row of the File :
> Class-Path: ../lib/xerces.jar xerces.jar
> Tobias Kämpf
> Jason Hunter <jhunter at servlets.com> schrieb am 19.01.02:
> > I suspect it's because in the META-INF/MANIFEST.MF file it refers to
> > xerces.jar.  Try removing that and see if it helps your problem.  If so,
> > we'll have to consider taking that out.
> >
> > -jh-
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