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  • The absolute uri: cannot be resolved

    Can somebody help me in resolving this exception:

    1. I have following line in my JPSs and they are working fine:

    <%@ taglib prefix="form" uri="" %>

    But in the log, I'm getting the following exception:

    org.apache.jasper.JasperException: The absolute uri: cannot be resolved in either web.xml or the jar files deployed with this application
    at org.apache.jasper.compiler.DefaultErrorHandler.jsp Error(


  • #2
    Can you post structure of your war file?


    • #3
      Either the security-taglibs-3.x.jar is missing or there is no security.tld in META-INF inside the jar.
      Last edited by infinity2heaven; Feb 25th, 2011, 01:32 PM.


      • #4
        For Spring 3 the tag library specified in the tag library directive ( is in the org.springframework.web.servlet-3.x.x.jar file. The URI in the directive must match the URI in the META-INF/spring-form/tld file in this jar file which is <uri></uri>

        The container (at least Tomcat 7.0 does) will match the URI in the taglib directive of the jsp file, with the URI in the spring-form.tld file provided org.springframework.web.servlet jar-3.xx.jar is in the WEB-INF/lib directory.

        If you also add an entry to web.xml for the same tag library like:

        then the container will only look for WEB-INF/spring-form.tld and will not find the tld in the jar file. To make this work you need to manually extract the spring-form.tld from the jar file and add it to the WEB-INF directory. I don't know of any good reason to do this and suspect that having an entry in web.xml is historic and now only causes confusion.


        • #5
          Same problem

          I had the same problem as JavaCaravan, and I resolved it thx to davemac, but then I had another error :

          org.apache.jasper.JasperException: /admin/addeleve.jsp (line: 28, column: 5) Impossible to load the class org.springframework.web.servlet.tags.form.FormTag

          I don't understand what to do to solve this, as I already add the org.springframework.web.servlet-3.0.0.M3.jar.

          Thank you for your help!


          • #6

            I'm having this exactly problem.

            When I run my Integration Test with tomcat or jetty I'm receiving this error.

            My app is an EAR -with 2 war's (spring) and 2 jars (core).

            Another problem I had regarding this taglib was to achieve deploy my EAR, the spring libs are in the EAR but unfortunately the spring-webmvc have to be inside the war to find the form of the spring taglib.

            In the end I got through some settings only add maven spring-webmvc no war without adding its dependencies.

            I need to solve this now when I run my integration tests with junit, I tried with embedded tomcat and jetty.

            Can someone please help me?


            • #7
              Add in webapp the files spring-form.tld and spring.tld