Receiving error in catalina.out file when starting up new install of 4.1.2

I have a requirement to upgrade our current production system from 4.1.2 to 5.0.2. In preparation to get to that point, I have setup a test JIRA installation on another system and will be doing the migration steps using the Restore from XML. I chose to use the WAR/EAR installer to keep it in track with the current production system and followed the instructions to a tee. However, when I start up JIRA from within Tomcat, it locks up and the following error is found in the catalina.out log file:

com.atlassian.util.concurrent.lazyreference$initializationexception: java.lang.noClassDefFoundError: /javax/transaction/Status

at com.atlassian.util.concurrent.LazyReference.getInterruptibly(
at com.atlassian.util.concurrent.LazyReference.get(
at com.atlassian.util.concurrent.ResettableLazyReference.get(


This is followed by: "Caused by: java.lang.NoClassDefFoundError: javax/transaction/Status

at java.lang.ClassLoader.defineClassl(Native Method)
at java.lang.ClassLoader.defineClassCond(
at java.lang.ClassLoader.defineClass(

and more of the same "at" statements.

I've searched for this error online, but I haven't really found anything that relates to what is causing this error and why it's stopping JIRA from starting.

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Are you sure you have the jta jar in your lib folder of your tomcat ?

Seems to me that you didn't update the lib folder of tomcat with all the required libs.

I had thought of this, but there were files there by this name already and I can't easily download from where I'm installing so I thought I would be okay. But this ended up being the problem afterall. I marked it as the correct answer and thank you.

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Must be a third party plugin. Can you attach the full stacktrace?

Unfortunately I cannot provide the full stacktrace. Customer policy prevents me from doing so. As for a 3rd party plugin, wouldn't that require that I install one? This is a initial install without adding any additional plugins or anything. It's also on a Linux VM and there's no virus scan software installed.

>As for a 3rd party plugin, wouldn't that require that I install one?

Could be the other way around - your data might depend on a 3rd party plugin being available, and it isn't in your new system.

Can you see what happens if you run it with a clean empty database?

This is a clean database. I haven't actually gotten to import any data yet. Initial install of the WAR/EAR, startup of jira, fails due to the errors mentioned above.

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