Common Apache CXF Error with WebSphere App server 6.1 and WSFP

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Symptom :
After you have installed the web services feature pack for WAS 6.1, you try to install an application running Apache CXF. While the application compiles fine, it simply will not start, and the SystemOut.log (or console) shows the following error message:

[1/10/11 14:45:31:410 EEST] 00000019 WASAxis2Compo E WSWS7007E: The xxxxx.war application module cannot be loaded correctly because of the following error: javax.xml.ws.WebServiceException: Validation error: This is a Provider that does not specify a valid Provider interface. Implementation class: org.apache.cxf.js.rhino.DOMPayloadProvider
at org.apache.axis2.jaxws.ExceptionFactory.createWebServiceException(ExceptionFactory.java:178)
at org.apache.axis2.jaxws.ExceptionFactory.makeWebServiceException(ExceptionFactory.java:79)
at org.apache.axis2.jaxws.ExceptionFactory.makeWebServiceException(ExceptionFactory.java:125)

First, the cause of the problem: WAS with the Web Services Feature Pack installed tries to scan ALL of the code for JAX-WS annotations, including those jars in your WEB-INF/lib directory. It bombs out on the cxf-rt-frontend-js-2.1.jar. Most of the time this jar is not needed.

Now, the solution:  If you are only using the CXF-2.x.jar, then you need to remove it and add back in ALL the jars in the modules directory of CXF except cxf-rt-frontend-js-2.1.jar. Then, recompile and redeploy to WAS. It should start up fine.

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