Since each application or individually deployed module class loader universe is isolated, an application or module cannot load classes from another application or module. This prevents two similarly named classes in different applications or modules from interfering with each other.
To circumvent this limitation for libraries, utility classes, or individually deployed modules accessed by more than one application, you can include the relevant path to the required classes in one of these ways:
To use the Common class loader, copy the JAR files into the domain-dir/lib or as-install/lib directory or copy the .class files (and other needed files, such as .properties files) into the domain-dir/lib/classes directory, then restart the server.
Using the Common class loader makes an application or module accessible to all applications or modules deployed on servers that share the same configuration. However, this accessibility does not extend to application clients. For more information, see Using Libraries with Application Clients.
For example, using the Common class loader is the recommended way of adding JDBC drivers to the GlassFish Server. For a list of the JDBC drivers currently supported by the GlassFish Server, see the Oracle GlassFish Server 3.1-3.1.1 Release Notes. For configurations of supported and other drivers, see Configuration Specifics for JDBC Drivers in Oracle GlassFish Server 3.1 Administration Guide.
To activate custom login modules and realms, place the JAR files in the domain-dir/lib directory or the class files in the domain-dir/lib/classes directory, then restart the server.
To share libraries across a specific cluster, copy the JAR files to the domain-dir/config/cluster-config-name/lib/classes directory.
By packaging the client JAR for one application in a second application, you allow an EJB or web component in the second application to call an EJB component in the first (dependent) application, without making either of them accessible to any other application or module.
As an alternative for a production environment, you can have the Common class loader load the client JAR of the dependent application as described in Using the Common Class Loader. Restart the server to make the dependent application accessible to all applications or modules deployed on servers that share the same configuration.
For a calling EJB component, add the client JAR file at the same level as the EJB component. Then add a Class-Path entry to the MANIFEST.MF file of the calling EJB component. The Class-Path entry has this syntax:
Class-Path: filepath1.jar filepath2.jar ...
Each filepath is relative to the directory or JAR file containing the MANIFEST.MF file. For details, see the Java EE specification.
This changes the Web class loader so that it follows the standard class loader delegation model and delegates to its parent before attempting to load a class itself.
For most applications, packaging the client JAR file with the calling EJB component is sufficient. You do not need to package the client JAR file with both the EJB and web components unless the web component is directly calling the EJB component in the dependent application.
The calling EJB or web component must specify in its glassfish-ejb-jar.xml or glassfish-web.xml file the JNDI name of the EJB component in the dependent application. Using an ejb-link mapping does not work when the EJB component being called resides in another application.
You do not need to restart the server.