I recently started studying Java servlets. The book I'm using uses a utilities class with several different methods. Every thing went well for a while, i.e., I could compile classes that referenced the utilities class. All classes are in the same package. Then out of the blue, I couldn't compile classes that referenced the utilities class, getting an error saying it didn't recognize the symbol for said utilities class. I found that if I removed the package statements then the code would compile. I entered the directory into the classpath with the same results. If it had never worked I'd assume the fault was with me, but that it did work and now it doesn't has me confused. Any help would be greatly appreciated. JP