I recently had a very frustrating error that I want to document here for future Googling’s sake. After a non-ideal shutdown of Tomcat and/or the jvm I was unable to start the OpenMRS webapp. Tomcat was giving this error in its log file:

Failed to read schema document 'http://www.springframework.org/schema/beans/spring-beans.xsd'

This is somewhat expected with the move from Spring 2.0 to 2.5. As of Spring Framework 2.5 the new url to use in the application context is

http://www.springframework.org/schema/beans/spring-beans-2.5.xsd

but even after making this change in the code and redeploying the webapp, Tomcat refused to start giving the same url (with just spring-beans.xsd).

Solution:

A Spring definition file (namely applicationContext-service.xml) was being cached in Tomcat’s work directory and not being replaced on webapp deploy for some reason. I uninstalled the webapp and then deleted all files under <tomcathome>/work/localhost. Upon installing openmrs and starting Tomcat again everything started up as expected.

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  1. Ingmar Says:

    Man,

    you saved my day with this! This is a bloody error that did not crop up while developing and testing in Eclipse – just at deploy time.

    Thanks so much,

    Ingmar

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