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From "Steve Kirk" <>
Subject RE: [Somewhat OT] Content vs. Programming
Date Fri, 22 Oct 2004 17:49:39 GMT
Sounds like it's a case where using a war file is causing the problem.  I
would drop the war files altogether and just distribute their contents.
That way you can distribute just the bits of the webapp that you have
changed.  Sounds to me like you own the JSP/servlet/config files and they
own the static files.  So they can just ftp the files to the server, and you
copy them to your machine when you need to, but you only ftp back up the
files that you own.

Or another approach is to put all static content in a webserver directory
that is not part of the webapp.  That way it won't be in the war file.  I
know this somewhat defeats the object of a warfile, but you have a situation
here where a compromise is required.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Anthony E. Carlos [] 
> Sent: Friday 22 October 2004 18:24
> To: 'Tomcat Users List'
> Subject: [Somewhat OT] Content vs. Programming
> Hello, folks!
> Based on my readings, it seems that most people running Tomcat on 
> dedicated boxes. Unfortunately, I'm in a shared environment running 
> multiple instances of Tomcat, one for each client. My problem is that 
> some clients like to update their own static content via ftp, while 
> letting me, the programmer, handle the more complex stuff.
> What stinks is that if they ftp content to the server, then 
> I've got to 
> merge their new and changed stuff into my development box 
> because when 
> I deploy my war file (I'm developing in a separate environment), it 
> overwrites all of their stuff.
> My content providers aren't technically savvy, so I can't expect them 
> to learn to use CVS. They're probably using some GUI program like 
> Dreamweaver to create their pages. Does anyone have a suggestion to 
> help streamline the battle of content providers versus programmers?
> I've thought of having them upload to a alternate directory and then 
> running some ant script to copy new and changed files into the Tomcat 
> directories, but that still won't help with the merging process. To 
> make things even more complicated, and we're also using Tiles so my 
> content providers have to ask me to add entries into 
> struts-config.xml 
> and tiles-defs.xml when they create a new page.
> Is anyone else dealing with this kind of inefficiency, or do you all 
> work with just other programmers?
> Thanks for your opinions,
> -Anthony Carlos
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