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From "Rob Hills" <>
Subject RE: Missing application web.xml, using defaults only - is this a Tomcat bug?
Date Thu, 20 Oct 2005 14:18:18 GMT
Hi Chuck,

On 20 Oct 2005 at 8:44, Caldarale, Charles R wrote:

> > From: Rob Hills [] 
> > Subject: Re: Missing application web.xml, using defaults only 
> > - is this a Tomcat bug?
> > 
> > From the my reading of the Documentation, docBase and Path are
> > mandatory attributes of the Context element for Tomcat 5.0.
> Check the 5.5 doc for <Context>:
> The path attribute is not allowed unless the <Context> element is in
> server.xml, which is strongly discouraged.  (I have a vague memory of
> Remy M saying that 5.5.12 disallows path, whereas previous 5.5 levels
> ignored it.)  So yes, the target Tomcat level does make a difference. 
> I believe that there are other configuration changes between 5.0 and
> 5.5 as well, notably in how resources are configured.

Thanks for the info, I had missed that subtlety in the 5.5 docs, but I'd 
figured out about the Path element in 5.5 anyway.

My problem is getting 5.0 working on Linux.  I am using a virtually 
identical WAR file that only differs in as much as its context.xml has a 
Context element with Path="" and docBase="ROOT" values in it.  I keep 
getting that pesky "Missing application web.xml" error message that I 
suspect is pointing away from the cause of the problem.  I re-iterate that 
if I unzip my ROOT.war file in situ (ie into a ROOT directory next to the 
ROOT.war file) the site works!


Rob Hills
West Perth
Western Australia

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