Posts Tagged ‘antlr’

ClassNotFoundException: org.hibernate.hql.ast.HqlToken

2 December 2010 15 comments

Another exception under WebLogic server. This exception occurs because the default query factory class in persistence.xml is the org.hibernate.hql.ast.ASTQueryTranslatorFactory. As the name suggests this is a classpath issue. You might be wondering why you get it since you have the hibernate jar file (the file that contains the HqlToken class) in your classpath. The reason is that the weblogic.jar contains a version of antlr.jar which is loaded by a classloader, while the hibernate stuff are loaded by another classloader. So when the server runs it’s using the version of antlr bundled with weblogic which cannot see the hibernate classes. There are two solutions to this problem

1) Use a

<property name="hibernate.query.factory_class" value="org.hibernate.hql.classic.ClassicQueryTranslatorFactory"/>

instead of a

<property name="hibernate.query.factory_class" value="org.hibernate.hql.ast.ASTQueryTranslatorFactory"/>

in your persistence.xml. This will solve the problem but you will have additional issues if you use Enums as parameters to queries (like I do) since I found out the the ClassicQueryTranslatorFactory has problems translating Enum data types to parameters (instead it translates them as bytes, unless you pass the actual value itself and not the Enum object).


Add Hibernate’s antlr jar file as first entry in the classpath (in your startWeblogic script of your domain’s bin folder) and force weblogic to use this instead. I copied it into the common/lib folder and used

set CLASSPATH=%WL_HOME%\common\lib\antlr-2.7.6.jar;%SAVE_CLASSPATH%

There is another solution suggested, to add the following


in your weblogic-application.xml, but for some reason this did not work for me.