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From Christian Nelson <>
Subject Re: Ant DeployTask / InstallTask
Date Sat, 31 Jul 2004 00:28:38 GMT
I've debugged the problem, here's the answer, in case someone else runs 
into the same problem.

the directory "WEB-INF" was in lowercase (e.g. web-inf) and tomcat 
couldn't find the web.xml that it contains as a result.  The war ant 
task uses the right capitalization when it creates the war, so that's 
why it worked in .war form.

Thanks anyway,
Christian Nelson

Christian Nelson wrote:

> Greetings,
> I'm using the ant DeployTask in two different scenarios.  One works as 
> desired, the other not so much.  I'm trying to figure out what I'm not 
> doing right.
> Scenario 1: Deploy a packaged .war file.
> This is works great.  The war parameter to the install task is 
> war="jar:file:/${basedir}/${dist}/${war.application}!/" (which obvious 
> resolves to a real file once the properties are set.  The problem is I 
> need to go through the whole undeploy, create war, deploy war cycle.
> Scenario 2: Deploy a unpacked (exploded) web app (which exists on the 
> server).
> If I take the .war and explode it, and then try to add the directory 
> where it lives as follows:
> war="file:/${basedir}/war/"
> It reports success, and shows up when the web applications are listed, 
> but it's not really set-up correctly because the file 
> "web-inf/web.xml" doesn't seem to be processed.  Here's why I think that:
> INFO: Missing application web.xml, using defaults only 
> StandardEngine[Catalina].StandardHost[localhost].StandardContext[/archiver] 
> Note: I have also tried the InstallTask, and I've tried both 5.0.27 as 
> well as 4.1.30.
> Really, my goal, and I don't care how I achieve it, is that during 
> development, I want to have tomcat serving the exploded version of the 
> app so I can make changes on the fly (or with a reload) instead of 
> having to undeploy, war, deploy with each change.  What's the best way 
> to do this?
> Thanks in advance,
> Christian

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