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From Josh Rehman <>
Subject Re: Tomcat Loads Deleted Context?
Date Thu, 05 Feb 2004 09:23:32 GMT
Remy Maucherat wrote:

> Josh Rehman wrote:
>> This TC5 "feature" concerns me so much I've written up a bug. Please 
>> feel free to comment on it and/or vote for it.
> It's closed now ;)

Well, that's a quick response, although not the one I had hoped for.

This is obviously a problem, and deserves more attention than a quick 
closure. If 3 people here have the problem, then at least 100 people out 
there have the problem, and haven't bothered to say anything about it. 
This is especially true for those coming from 4.x where this did not 
happen. There is certainly nothing in the documentation warning against 
Context modifications in server.xml.

Indeed, even if there was that would be a bad idea. Apache works that 
way, and people are used to it. Why not just have Tomcat reload 
server.xml if you want to support context parm changes without  a 
restart? That would be a great feature! If the concern is reloading in 
the middle of an incomplete edit, there are ways around that. And 
besides, that would seem to be a problem no matter what. Come to think 
of it, I don't see why you can't reload server.xml.

You write in the bug:

You are not supposed to add Context declarations to server.xml, because the
contexts then become impossile to manage. This works as designed, but it is
obviously different from Tomcat 4.1.x.

How exactly do Contexts become impossible to manage? They seemed to work 
fine under all previous versions of Tomcat.


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