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From "Alex Epshteyn" <>
Subject Re: Tomcat deploys 2 instances of an app mapped to "/"
Date Mon, 31 Mar 2008 03:22:28 GMT

Your suggestion worked!  Simply renaming my app to ROOT and getting
rid of the stuff I added to server.xml proved to be a better strategy.

I now have it working as desired with the following context.xml,
deployed with my app in ROOT.war

<Context path="" docBase="ROOT" etc.>

(Note: the "etc." refers to the other attributes that are particular
to my app and aren't relevant to this thread).


Chris wrote:
>In Tomcat 5.5, it is recommended to use context.xml files in WAR files
>(or exploded WAR files in directories) placed directly into the Engine's
>"appBase" directory.

>You should not have to specify any <Context> elements in server.xml.

>If you want to re-name the current ROOT webapp to something else, then
>simply rename the directory to suit your needs. Name your own webapp
>ROOT and you should be good to go (note that case is significant, even
>on case-insensitive file systems like *FAT and NTFS).

On Sun, Mar 30, 2008 at 4:01 PM, Alex Epshteyn
<> wrote:
> Hi,
>  Suppose I have the following in my server.xml:
>  <Host name="localhost" appBase="webapps" unpackWARs="true"
>  autoDeploy="true" xmlValidation="false" xmlNamespaceAware="false">
>   <!-- Serve foo from the root dir of the Tomcat server -->
>   <Context path="" docBase="foo" debug="0" reloadable="false" cookies="false" />
>   <!-- Serve the root webapp from the /root context path -->
>   <Context path="/root" docBase="ROOT" debug="0" />
>  </Host>
>  This causes Tomcat to deploy two instances of the "foo" webapp - one
>  as path "/foo/" and one as "/".  I only want one instance deployed at
>  "/".  Any ideas?
>  This is the only strategy I've found for replacing the ROOT app with
>  my own. I suppose I could just manually stop the "/foo/" app in the
>  manager, but that wouldn't help in situations where my server might
>  reboot without my knowledge (I'm using a shared VPS server).  I wasn't
>  able to find any Host or Context configuration elements that would
>  prevent the "/foo/" app from automatically starting on server start
>  without also preventing the "/" app from being started.  I'm using
>  Tomcat 5.5.26 on Linux.
>  Thanks,
>  Alex

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