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From "Shapira, Yoav" <>
Subject RE: Tomcat Loads Deleted Context?
Date Thu, 05 Feb 2004 15:36:40 GMT

I've created a FAQ item for this, in its own FAQ page (Deployment, under, where I expect to add more
content -- suggestions welcome.

Yoav Shapira
Millennium ChemInformatics

>-----Original Message-----
>From: David Rees []
>Sent: Thursday, February 05, 2004 4:48 AM
>To: Tomcat Users List
>Subject: Re: Tomcat Loads Deleted Context?
>Remy Maucherat wrote, On 2/5/2004 1:32 AM:
> >
>> What I recommend with TC 5 is put your context declarations in
>> /META-INF/context.xml, and use the manager to manage your webapps. If
>> using external contexts, then it's the similar: either use the
>> webapp or drop your context file in the right subdir of "conf" (and
>> the manager to undeploy).
>Remy, this sums up how users are expected to manage contexts with TC5
>quite nicely.  Can you stick this comment in the server.xml so that
>unsuspecting users upgrading from TC4 aren't caught off guard by this?
>I briefly looked through the TC5 docs on the site and couldn't find any
>reference to this change in behavior there, either.
>IMO, this change is is very important and should be noted somewhere
>prominent as a TC4-TC5 upgrade note/gotcha.  It had me baffled for a
>while, too, now I modified my startup script to `rm -rf conf/Catalina`
>every time so I don't get caught with any webapps I forgot about as I
>used to doing all my context management through the conf/server.xml.
>This and the change in web-app reloading now causes requests to fail in
>between the shutdown-startup phase instead of blocking are two
>significant non-obvious changes in behavior of managing a TC server
>between TC4/5.
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