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From "Bill Barker" <>
Subject Re: Annoyance in the deployer
Date Sat, 04 Dec 2004 18:48:14 GMT

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Remy Maucherat" <>
To: "Tomcat Developers List" <>
Sent: Saturday, December 04, 2004 9:39 AM
Subject: Annoyance in the deployer

>Not something major, but there's that in the deployer:
>                // Make sure there is an application configuration 
> directory
>                // This is needed if the Context appBase is the same as the
>                // web server document root to make sure only web 
> applications
>                // are deployed and not directories for web space.
>                File webInf = new File(dir, "/WEB-INF");
>                if (!webInf.exists() || !webInf.isDirectory() ||
>                    !webInf.canRead())
>                    continue;
>Is that really useful ? I ask because it prevents dropping a folder 
>containing a bunch of files in webapps (without creating a stupid WEB-INF 
>folder), which could be annoying.
Actually, I recently had a case where someone accidentally deleted WEB-INF 
on a development box.  When the Context didn't load, the problem was noticed 
immediately :).

Personally, I like the check (but won't veto the change).  But then, I 
believe that dropping in a folder containing a bunch of static files is what 
the Alias directive in Apache/httpd is for ;-).


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