Sunday, January 18, 2009

Meanwhile: different JSF Versions on JBoss.. (Exception regarding org.jboss.web.jsf.integration.config.JBossJSFConfigureListener)


before finishing my post on the user generated contend I want to put something very technical in between.

While deploying my final solution for the anonymous comments (EasyComment-Portlet) I stumpled for the tenth time about an issue regarding the various JSF Versions - and how compatible they are with the different Containers.

So once and for all I want to persist this topic here. :)

As you might be aware JBoss (at least version 4.2) brings its own JSF libraries - and dislikes the deployment of other JSF implementation libraries within an .war file. However as not all versions seem to harminize with liferay properly (I plan to publish a matrix on this one soon if there is interest) its sometimes easier to just bundle the JSF implementation of choice.

In my case I use the myfaces JSP (JSF 1.1) - based on the example portlet "Sample JSF 1.1 (MyFaces JSP)"

So as some times before I got the following error at deployment:
2009-01-17 12:58:29,454 WARN [org.jboss.web.jsf.integration.config.JBossJSFConfigureListener] MyFaces JSF implementation found! This version of JBoss AS ships with the implementation of JSF. There are known issues when mixing JSF implementations. This warning does not apply to MyFaces component libraries such as Tomahawk. However, myfaces-impl.jar and myfaces-api.jar should not be used without disabling the built-in JSF implementation. See the JBoss wiki for more details.
2009-01-17 12:58:29,908 FATAL [javax.enterprise.resource.webcontainer.jsf.config] null MessageFactory
2009-01-17 12:58:29,908 ERROR [STDERR] java.lang.ClassCastException: org.apache.myfaces.renderkit.html.util.ExtensionsPhaseListener
2009-01-17 12:58:29,909 ERROR [STDERR] at com.sun.faces.config.ConfigureListener.configure(

2009-01-17 12:58:29,927 ERROR [org.apache.catalina.core.ContainerBase.[jboss.web].[localhost].[/EasyComments-portlet]] Exception sending context initialized event to listener instance of class org.jboss.web.jsf.integration.config.JBossJSFConfigureListener
javax.faces.FacesException: java.lang.ClassCastException: org.apache.myfaces.renderkit.html.util.ExtensionsPhaseListener
at com.sun.faces.config.ConfigureListener.contextInitialized(
at org.jboss.web.jsf.integration.config.JBossJSFConfigureListener.contextInitialized(

(It was especially annoying because in my local version the portlet worket (on tomcat) - whereas on my productive server (JBoss) it didn't...)

After some time I remebered what this error was about: I had to tell JBoss to take my war included libraries.

So I set the according parameter in the Web.xml of my portlet as shown below:

Here the parameter again:





I hope this helps all the people that find this.


  1. Hey, nice solution - and amazing entry!

  2. yes, thanks for this...
    dont need it right now, but it made me stumble upon your blog... one more satisfied subscriber ;)

  3. is there any other way to do insted of modifying the web.xml inside the server


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