A few years ago I added support to the Sakai Maven Plugin to deploy everything that normally goes into
common/lib into just
/lib, as per the standard Tomcat classloader layout.
To use, add
-Dsakai.app.server=tomcat7 to the build command. Everything gets deployed to
/lib and Sakai starts up without any modifications (except the standard connector modification in server.xml and the optional performance improvements in catalina.properties).
Enjoy the future!