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From "Burgess, Jay S" <>
Subject RE: context configuration file being overwritten
Date Wed, 04 Feb 2004 17:07:25 GMT
I'm not much of a UNIX person, but I remember reading about the
"allowLinking" attributes in Context and DefaultContext.  Not sure that
they're applicable, but I figured I'd mention them in case they were and
you hadn't seen them.


-----Original Message-----
From: Milt Epstein [] 
Sent: Wednesday, February 04, 2004 10:46 AM
To: Tomcat Users List
Subject: Re: context configuration file being overwritten

On Sat, 31 Jan 2004, Milt Epstein wrote:

> 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).
> Thanks!

Hate to repost this unchanged, but I'm surprised this hasn't gotten
any response.  Any Tomcat developers on the list?  Am I missing
something about how context configurations files are supposed to work?
Because otherwise this looks like a bug.

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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