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From Jake Alley <>
Subject RE: Context information outside of server.xml
Date Thu, 12 Jul 2007 00:16:30 GMT
Thanks so much for everybody who replied to this.  I apologize for not replying/thanking sooner,
but I have been trying to get this thing working.  Unfortunately I'm having only marginal
success.  I'm thinking maybe there's something very fundamental that I'm not getting.

Here's where I'm at:

1. I can get the deployer to recognize myhostdir/ROOT/META-INF/context.xml.  It works ONLY
with the default docBase of "" and ROOT.  Nothing else works for instance docBase="www" and
directory myhostdir/www/META-INF/context.xml won't work.

2. Some things in context.xml work, others don't.  For instance a RemoteAddrValve works, but
a Realm doesn't work.  

3. Even for the context in server.xml, the problem with #2 appears with docBase of "" and
dir ROOT.  It goes away when I put docBase="www" and dir as www.

4. The Realm problem gives no log information.  It just acts like the realm doesn't exist.

Perhaps the problem isn't with the Realm definition, but the implementation in WEB-INF/web.xml?
 Does the ROOT context somehow make the app ignore web.xml?  I'm kind of lost at this point.


Victor Huang <> wrote: You need to specify docBase which is your
application's doc root in
 element in ROOT.xml. e.g.

            unpackWARs="true" autoDeploy="true"
            xmlValidation="false" xmlNamespaceAware="false">

You need to specify docBase which is your application's doc root in
<Context> element in ROOT.xml. e.g.

<Context debug="0" docBase="www" reloadable="true" crossContext="true/>


-----Original Message-----
From: Jake Alley [] 
Sent: Thursday, June 28, 2007 10:10 AM
Subject: Context information outside of server.xml

I'm trying to rework my server.xml file so that the context info can be
reloaded without restarting the entire server.  As far as I can tell
involves putting the context information in a file outside of
I've read that META-INF/context.xml only works with WAR files, and I
use those.  I'm puting the info in conf/Catalina/mydomain/ROOT.xml.  It
doesn't seem to work.

For instance the following:

In conf/server.xml

<Host name=""  appBase="/home/myhome/sites/test1"
            unpackWARs="true" autoDeploy="true"
            xmlValidation="false" xmlNamespaceAware="false">
    <Context debug="1" path="" docBase ="www" reloadable="true"

In conf/Catalina/

<Valve className="org.apache.catalina.valves.AccessLogValve"
    directory="/home/myhome/sites/test1/logs" prefix="test1."

I know this doesn't work because the logs don't get updated when in
ROOT.xml, but do when in server.xml.

Can anybody see what I'm doing wrong?  Thanks.

Can anybody see what I'm doing wrong?  Thanks.

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