I think you have to tell jboss you want those jars loaded in the jboss classloader (rather than the web classloader).
You might be able to make this work by referencing the jars in the .rar manifest classpath.(NOT the .jar inside the .rar's manifest classpath)
David, Thank you very much for your suggestion. Yes, its seems to work if the manifest in the rar file contains classpath entries refering to common jars in the root of the ear file. I'm not totally done yet but it looks very promissing! FYI, It did not work if we also had a jboss-app.xml file like:
But that does not really concern me. I think.
Thanks again... John Katilie