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From Jon Stevens <>
Subject [CATALINA b2] weird issue
Date Mon, 02 Apr 2001 07:33:22 GMT

It seems that there is a bug in 4.0b2 where you must have at least one
<context> defined in the server.xml. Is that right? It seems to me that the
system should just pick up whatever .war files are in the webapps directory
without having to define a <context> for each one or at all. This works with

You can replicate this by:

    grab this file:

Take the forumdemo.war file out of the webapps directory.

Delete all of the <context>'s in the server.xml file.

start up tomcat 4.0b2.

try to access:


right now, i get:

"HTTP Status 503 - This application is not currently available
The requested service (This application is not currently available) is not
currently available. "

The .war file works fine with a stock 4.0b2 distribution, but if I try to
remove the <Context path="/examples" docBase="examples" debug="0"
reloadable="true"> from the server.xml file, then I start to run into a
whole heap of problems.



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