Unable to compile class for JSP

Hi,

I'm new to jsp and when I tried to create a jsp page w/ ejb.  After I deployed the app, I get this error message when I'm trying to access the page from IE:

org.apache.jasper.JasperException: Unable to compile class for JSP

No Java compiler was found to compile the generated source for the JSP.

Also where is the tomcat server located?  What exe does tomcat run?  I need this to copy the tools.jar file to the tomcat server directory.

Thanks.

entire error message:
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org.apache.jasper.JasperException: Unable to compile class for JSP

No Java compiler was found to compile the generated source for the JSP.
This can usually be solved by copying manually $JAVA_HOME/lib/tools.jar from the JDK
to the common/lib directory of the Tomcat server, followed by a Tomcat restart.
If using an alternate Java compiler, please check its installation and access path.

      org.apache.jasper.compiler.DefaultErrorHandler.javacError(DefaultErrorHandler.java:87)
      org.apache.jasper.compiler.ErrorDispatcher.javacError(ErrorDispatcher.java:311)
      org.apache.jasper.compiler.Compiler.generateClass(Compiler.java:378)
      org.apache.jasper.compiler.Compiler.compile(Compiler.java:421)
      org.apache.jasper.compiler.Compiler.compile(Compiler.java:402)
      org.apache.jasper.JspCompilationContext.compile(JspCompilationContext.java:512)
      org.apache.jasper.servlet.JspServletWrapper.service(JspServletWrapper.java:262)
      org.apache.jasper.servlet.JspServlet.serviceJspFile(JspServlet.java:263)
      org.apache.jasper.servlet.JspServlet.service(JspServlet.java:210)
      javax.servlet.http.HttpServlet.service(HttpServlet.java:861)
      sun.reflect.GeneratedMethodAccessor72.invoke(Unknown Source)
      sun.reflect.DelegatingMethodAccessorImpl.invoke(DelegatingMethodAccessorImpl.java:25)
      java.lang.reflect.Method.invoke(Method.java:324)
      org.apache.catalina.security.SecurityUtil$1.run(SecurityUtil.java:246)
      java.security.AccessController.doPrivileged(Native Method)
      javax.security.auth.Subject.doAsPrivileged(Subject.java:500)
      org.apache.catalina.security.SecurityUtil.execute(SecurityUtil.java:268)
      org.apache.catalina.security.SecurityUtil.doAsPrivilege(SecurityUtil.java:162)

skip1000Asked:
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ramazanyichConnect With a Mentor Commented:
To compile JSP pqges you need java compiler. It is bundled with JDK (you can download it from java.sun.com). So you need point Tomcat' s JAVA_HOME variable to the JDK directory.
For example if you installed JDK into c:/j2sdk1.4.2
then in startup.bat of Tomcat put at the beginning of bat file:
set JAVA_HOME=c:/j2sdk1.4.2
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skip1000Author Commented:
That did not work and I tried a whole bunch of other things also.  Where is common/lib directory of Tomcat server?
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ramazanyichCommented:
Then  copy $JAVA_HOME/lib/tools.jar to $TOMCAT_HOME/common/lib directory
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skip1000Author Commented:
what is $TOMCAT_HOME directory?  I have no idea what the directory is named by default.  I don't see any directory called tomcat per se.  Any suggestions?
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ramazanyichCommented:
it can be called jakarta-tomcat-x.x.xx where x.x.xx should be substituted by tomcat version number
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ramazanyichCommented:
Do you know where startup.bat file of Tomcat is ???
then you will find common:lib directory easily:
$Tomcat_home
    bin
       startup.bat
    common
         lib
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skip1000Author Commented:
I should mention I'm using J2ee 1.4 and the command for "start default server" is
"C:\Sun\AppServer\lib\asadmin-pause.bat start-domain domain1".  I've search high and low for any directory named common and the only ones found are in the sample directories (which can't be right).  I've copied the file in several lib directories w/in AppServer directory and that did not do the trick.
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ramazanyichCommented:
then check your c:\sun\appserver\config\asenv.bat file. Find AS_JAVA variable and check that it points correctly to your JDKhoem directory. On ly PC it is:
set AS_JAVA=C:\j2sdk1.4.2
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skip1000Author Commented:
I've changed it from
set AS_JAVA=C:\Sun\AppServer\jdk
to
set AS_JAVA=C:\j2sdk1.4.2_05

I'm wondering if it could be a problem w/ the jsp file I am testing.  The tutorial example all worked, but my first attempt to create a jsp test app gave the error you saw earlier.  I don't know if the J2EE tutorial example even requires compiling the JSP's before running them.  I was able to deploy my project files earlier, but now I can't b/c I overwrote the ear file accidentally.  I need to retrace my steps.
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skip1000Author Commented:
I managed to get past that error, and a few things happened along the way.  I can't quite remember exactly what happened.  Among the errors encountered, I was missing package in my bean, resource ref for my ejb, and I think that the log viewer in admin console actually displayed the correct jsp error message.  

The message I first displayed was bogus.  It was not the real error.  The real error was something else.  Look at the log viewer and you will see all the messages logged.  Look at the detail message of the severe errors.  I believe they will show compile errors.  They should be the 2nd or 3rd error message in the log viewer that's the real source of the problem.  The error I printed above is the topmost error message in the log viewer that is why it is displayed.  It's deceiving b/c there is nothing wrong w/ my environment variable settings.
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skip1000Author Commented:
I am awarding points, but pls read my last comment.  It is important.
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