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From "Celia Wu" <>
Subject Re: New context in server.xml prevents war unpacking (TC 4.1.12)
Date Sat, 26 Oct 2002 00:10:16 GMT
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----- Original Message -----
From: Jacob Kjome
Sent: Thursday, October 24, 2002 11:19 PM
To: Tomcat Users List
Subject: Re: New context in server.xml prevents war unpacking (TC 4.1.12)

Unfortunately, this is expected behavior.  There is a bug about it at if you want to search for it.  The docs  
mention this as the expected behavior, but don't give a reason why it  
should be that way.

Basically, if you name a <Context ....> element, you will have to make sure  
you expand the .war yourself before starting Tomcat.

Any Tomcat developers want to pipe in and explain why the behavior is this way?


At 09:40 PM 10/24/2002 -0500, you wrote:
>I recently added a new context to server.xml so that I can set up a
>connection pool resource for my webapp.
>The webapp was deploying/running well prior to adding this context.
>With the context added, starting Tomcat produces an error for that app
>java.lang.IllegalArgumentException: Document base
>/usr/local/tomcat/webapps/myapp does not exist or is not a readable
>         at
>This suggests that docBase directory is expected to exist at start.
>Without that context in server.xml, the war unpacks and
>creates its directory.
>The context looks like this:
>         <Context path="/myapp" docBase="myapp"
>           reloadable="true" crossContext="true>
>         ... resources here ...
>         </Context>
>If I change the docBase to "myapp.war", the application loads and runs
>properly, db conn pooling works a treat, BUT
>the war isn't unpacked at all.
>The behavior I want is to have the war get unpacked ( as it was before
>) so that I can serve some of the static content
>directly from Apache httpd, but still package/deliver/deploy the webapp
>as a war to Tomcat.
>Any thoughts as to why this is happening / how to solve?
>- Ken
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