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From "Quinten Verheyen" <>
Subject RE: is reloading the web context sufficient ?
Date Tue, 07 Sep 2004 13:29:52 GMT
Yes, you are right, it's confusing the way I said it.

What I meant was : one web context that contains a lot of custom class-files.

Normally, I would agree with you that each application should have it's own context, but there
are some reasons why this approach isn't taken :
1) the system we work with expects only one specific web context to be used
2) every application uses common functionality + configuration setup anyway (e.g. database
3) I'm talking about hundred's of mostly small applications, imho confuring a separate web
context for each would be overkill.

Of course, the advantage of having a separate context for each app would be the total non-intrusion
when reloading a specific context :s

-----Original Message-----
From: Shapira, Yoav []
Sent: 07 September 2004 15:10
To: Tomcat Users List
Subject: RE: is reloading the web context sufficient ?

In the Tomcat world, one web application = one web context.  So please
clarify what you mean by "a lot of applications (in one web context)".

Yoav Shapira
Millennium Research Informatics

>-----Original Message-----
>From: Quinten Verheyen []
>Sent: Tuesday, September 07, 2004 6:15 AM
>To: Tomcat Users List
>Subject: is reloading the web context sufficient ?
>I'm wondering about strategies for having a production (Tomcat)
>that hosts a lot of applications (in one web context) and needs to be
>running 24/7. The main issue is not to lose any traffic coming in/out.
>Is reloading a web context via the manager app for every change made to
>class-files, lib's etc. a good option ? I mean, does this have any
>implications on internet traffic getting lost at the moment the reload
>occurs ?
>The same reasoning would apply for deploying/undeploying through the
>My guess is that the safe way is handling this through clustering (DNS
>round robin), and having 2 tomcat containers running with the same web
>context, but only one of them would be accessed at a time.
>Fill me in if I'm wrong.
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