Stubbisms – Tony’s Weblog

November 26, 2007

Deployment descriptor of the module yourAppplication.war cannot be loaded

Filed under: Eclipse, Java — Tags: , , , , , — Antony Stubbs @ 6:10 pm

I’ve hit this very annoying Eclipse error several times in the past and usually fluked my way through fixing it and never bothered recording how it was fixed (if I even knew).

“The deployment descriptor of the module yourAppplication.war cannot be loaded”

I remember my colleague once Googled the answer and it was something to do with removing a file, or an entry in a file inside the workspace plugins directory.

Well my EAR project got the error again today after migrating my WAR project to a new workspace manually via file system copying. My Google-Fu must be rusty today because it looked to me like no one had the problem.
On a hunch, I created a new EAR project and added my war to it – worked no problem. Led me to think that it’s the old EAR project’s metadata. So I deleted the project through Eclipse (incl files on disk) and re-imported it from our code repository.
Lo and be-hold Eclipse sorted itself out.

If anyone actually knows the file or entries that have to be reset in the workspace metadata please post.

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