Problems with class not found exception

'Loading JDBC Driver Class - mysql-connector-java-5.0.7-bin.jar' tutorial was cited in a Bitnami in forum post in 2012.

The Loading JDBC Driver Class - mysql-connector-java-5.0.7-bin.jar tutorial was cited in a Bitnami in forum post in 2012.

Subject: Problems with class not found exception
Date: Jun 3, 2012
Author: AndyEdwards

I've just installed an Amazon EC2 Bitnami instance with Apache2,
MySQL, PHP and Tomcat (i.e. LAMP + Tomcat). Everything works just
fine except I cannot for the life of me get a JDBC connection.

Every time I run: Class.forName("com.mysql.jdbc.Driver") ; I get a
"Class not loaded exception on com.mysql.jdbc.Driver.

I've boiled the problem down to some simple code:

 * MySQL
 * Copyright (c) 2007 by Dr. Herong Yang. All rights reserved.

import java.sql.Connection;
import java.sql.Connection.*;
import java.sql.DriverManager;
import java.sql.SQLException;
import java.sql.*;
import java.util.Properties;

public class MySqlLoadDriver {
  public static void main(String [] args) {
    Connection con = null;
    try {

        // Load the MySQL JDBC driver
        Class.forName("com.mysql.jdbc.Driver") ;
        System.out.println("MySQL JDBC driver loaded ok.");

        } catch (Exception e) {
        System.err.println("Exception: "+e.getMessage());

My CLASSPATH shows: .:/opt/bitnami/java/mytest:/opt/bitnami/java

with my test area (/opt/bitnami/java/mytest) and /opt/bitnami
/apache-tomcat/lib have the file: -rwxrwxrwx 1 root root 732695
2010-02-18 05:16 mysql-connector-java-5.1.12-bin.jar

I was hoping the bitnami EC2 instance would come with all this

Can anyone shed some light on why I always get an exception when
trying to load the class?

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