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From "Matt Mejaski" <>
Subject Tomcat 5.5.4 - Using a Context.xml File With a Path Different Than The File Name
Date Tue, 11 Jan 2005 15:30:46 GMT
Hi all,
Using Tomcat 5.0.30, I had two Contexts for webapps set up as follows.
Context 1, loaded from file: <Tomcat Home>/conf/Catalina/localhost/myapp.xml
	<Context path="/myapp" docBase="myapp" cookies="true" debug="0"
reloadable="false" />

Context 2, loaded from file: <Tomcat
Home>/conf/Catalina/localhost/myappsavedfiles.xml :
	<Context path="/myapp/savedfiles" docBase="C:\MyApp\Saved" />

Notice that the path of Context 2 is a subdirectory of Context 1.  Also,
notice that the docBase's are completely different directories (i.e. the
docBase for context 2 isn't actually a subdirectory of the docBase of
Context 1)

The reason I do this is because I want the data in context 1 (my web app) to
be upgradeable (and thus be blown away at will), but the data in my Context
2 (which isn't even in the webapps directory) to be persistent.

Now, I want to upgrade to Tomcat 5.5.4.  However, it seems that I can no
longer do this in Tomcat 5.5 (according to the description of the 'path'
attribute described here: unless
I do one of the following:

1) Put the Context tag for Context 2 directly in my server.xml, which is no
longer recommended
2) Somehow name my Context 2 file with a slash in it -- which Windows isn't
going to let me do! =)
3) Rename my Context 2 file to be a different path altogether, which means
that I have to change by Context 1 code that refers to files in Context 2.

Does anyone have any suggestions on how I can keep both of these contexts
without changing my code in Context 1 that refers to the path
/myapp/savedfiles, and hopefully without modifying my Tomcat server.xml?

I appreciate any suggestions you may have.

Matt Mejaski

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