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From J Ilari Moilanen <>
Subject RE: preventing manifest write
Date Thu, 03 Jul 2008 13:00:14 GMT
Thanks for the reply.

I'm aware of the need for writable work directory. I can only assume that
GoDaddy has setup the server so that the directory is writable during
deployment procedure but not during application execution (apart from jsp
compilation). And I can guess (without looking onto tomcat code) that the
problem here is that Tomcat tries to write something that it does not need
to do during normal servlet execution. But that does not help me with my

As for the Tomcat being old I'm aware of that too. And so is GoDaddy.
They provide java as an extra service and their attitude towards Java
users is that "We provide you no assistance and we will prevent you from
doing any harm to other users and yourself" :) I would not recmmend it as
a service provider to any other but for the ones that search for a cheap
java hosting provider. So I'm not holding my hopes up for getting any help
from there to this problem either.


On Thu, 3 Jul 2008, Caldarale, Charles R wrote:
> > But why Tomcat (or displaytag for that matter) would
> > try to write MANIFEST.MF during the execution of the
> > application?!
> Tomcat must have access to a writable work directory for several reasons, including expanding
war files and storage of compiled JSPs.  Check the Tomcat configuration for your version to
see how to configure the work directory location.
> > The Tomcat's version is 5.0.27 and they are not upgrading
> > it anytime soon.
> That version has been deprecated for some time, so you or GoDaddy need to rethink that
>  - Chuck

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