an update on this:
I restructured the project (basically used seam-gen rather than the eclipse seam tool) so that I now no longer get 'unknown context variable' but my components are NOT injected in ejbs:
1, components are injected fine in the authenticator class (NOT my ejb 'tho).
2, my included jar contains a base class which is extended by the ejb (if that makes a difference)
any ideas would be greatly appreciated