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From Mikolaj Rydzewski <>
Subject Re: Undeploying problem with Tomcat 5.5 and Log4J
Date Wed, 03 Jan 2007 15:52:24 GMT
Gilbert, Antoine wrote:
> I deploy an application WAR on a Tomcat 5.5 instance. This application
> use Log4j (via commons-logging) and create some logs in a file within
> the related Web app directory (/webapps/myWebApp). The file is defined
> by a file appender tag in my log4j.xml file.
It's a good practice to avoid writing files inside application's 
directory. It's also a good practice to have separate directory for 
logfiles, i.e. ${CATALINA_HOME}/logs.
> The problem is when I undeploy this Web app, my Web app directory can't
> be deleted because of the log file; it seems to be locked by Tomcat.
Try to call shutdown() 
in contextDestroyed event in servlet context listener.

Mikolaj Rydzewski <>

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