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From Aladin Alaily <>
Subject Re: stop ``ant install'' copying the app to <tomcat>/webapps
Date Fri, 14 Apr 2006 16:45:52 GMT
Hi Tim,

Assuming your application is called "tim" and you want to map it to "/tim"

Place a tim.xml file in: ${TOMCAT_INSTALLATION}/conf/Catalina/localhost/

tim.xml contains:
<Context path="/tim" reloadable="true" docBase="LOCATION OF YOUR 

Tell ant to compile the code in the location specified in tim.xml

Now, your applicaiton will reload everytime you re-build and you won't 
have to develop in the <tomcat>/webapps directory.

Hope this helps.
Aladin wrote:
> This is a fundamental question, but I can't find an answer to it anywhere. 
>  Probably right in from of my nose.
> I have set up my development environment exactly as directed in the tomcat 
> docs.   When I ``ant install'', the app is copied to the <tomcat>/webapps 
> directory, and a subsequent ``ant compile'' after a JSP change updates the 
> copy in the build directory, but tomcat doesn't see it unless I do a 
> ``remove'' and ``install''.  I expected ``install'' to deploy it from the 
> build directory.
> Is there some setting in server.xml or web.xml that allows this?  I don't 
> want to develop in the <tomcat>/webapps directory.
> Thanks
> Tim S.
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