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From Milt Epstein <>
Subject context configuration file being overwritten
Date Sun, 01 Feb 2004 04:19:16 GMT

Hi there.  I'm using tomcat 5.0.18 basically out of the box.  I set up
a webapp in a directory outside the <tomcat>/webapps directory.  So I
created a context configuration file for the webapp, and put a
symbolic link to it in <tomcat>/conf/Catalina/localhost.  This was
all per the documentation and the source.

So, everything starts up fine, the webapp works, but the context
configuration file gets overwritten/truncated (i.e., it is then an
empty file).  The same thing happens with 5.0.16.  This doesn't happen
when I place a copy of the actual configuration file in that
directory, instead of a symbolic link.  (I'm trying to place as little
as possible in the tomcat directory structure, to ease upgrade issues
and such.)

Any idea what's going on here?  I searched all over and couldn't find
any discussion of a similar issue.

FWIW, my system is Linux (Fedora Core 1).


Milt Epstein
Research Programmer
Integration and Software Engineering (ISE)
Campus Information Technologies and Educational Services (CITES)
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)

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