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From "Cameron Taggart" <>
Subject Re: Tomcat 4.1 b9, Reload Context with Ant
Date Tue, 20 Aug 2002 06:27:14 GMT
I moved the <context/> that was in server.xml into a file named
C:\Projects\myapp\build\WEB-INF\contextConfigFile.xml.  With the cotext tag
I set path="/myapp" and docBase="C:\Projects\myapp\build", but this doesn't
work for me:


The manager application reports that:
OK - Installed application at context path /peoplefinder
But when I go to http://localhost:8080/myapp/ I get:
HTTP Status 404, The requested resource (/myapp/) is not available.

Any ideas?  Does anyone else use a context config file?  It is new to me.

I liked putting the server specific resources in the server.xml file.  Does
the context config file have to be apart of the *.war?  Does it matter where
it is?  Where can I find more information on context config files?

Thanks a bunch for the lead.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Jacob Kjome" <>
To: "Tomcat Users List" <>
Sent: Monday, August 19, 2002 6:39 PM
Subject: Re: Tomcat 4.1 b9, Reload Context with Ant

> What you need to use is a context configuration file.  That is, a file
> the root element being <Context ....>.  Put all your resources within this
> that are needed by the webapp and then use the following:
> <install
>              url="${manager.url}"
>              username="${manager.username}"
>              password="${manager.password}"
>              path="${app.path}"
>              war="file://${build.home}/WEB-INF/contextConfigFile.xml" />
> The contextConfigFile.xml contains a <Context ...> entry with the path and
> docRoot for the app.
> Just a note.  I haven't gotten this to work on Windows even though Craig
> McClanahan says that it works for him on Unix.  However, I haven't tried
> with the latest version 4.1.9.
> If you get this to work for you, let me know.
> Jake
> At 06:16 PM 8/19/2002 -0700, you wrote:
> >Hi All,
> >
> >I am trying to configure Tomcat and Ant so that I can type "ant reload"
> >the web application that I am running will be redeployed without
> >Tomcat.  This would really speed up development for me.
> >
> >The first issue is that I have the context set up with a couple of
> >in the server.xml file.  Tomcat will autodeploy (but not start) this app
> >even without a folder named $tomcat/webapps/myapp or a war file named
> >$tomcat/webapps/myapp.war.  If I remove the context
> >http://localhost:8080/manager/remove?path=/myapp, and then try to install
> >the context
> >http://localhost:8080/manager/reload?path=/myapp&war=file:/mybuild, the
> >application can't find the resources, the MySQL database pool, or the
> >session.
> >
> >Is there any way to have the /myapp server.xml resources not be removed
> >memory when the context is removed.  Or better yet, to have it put back
> >memory when you install a context at the path /myapp?
> >
> >Any help would be appreciated.
> >
> >Thanks,
> >Cameron
> >
> >
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