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From Mikolaj Rydzewski <>
Subject Re: WEB-INF/classes vs WEB-INF/lib/classes.jar file
Date Thu, 05 Feb 2009 09:17:46 GMT wrote:
> Is there any advantage why I should not just jar all my class files and put them in WEB-INF/lib
rather than exploding the jar file to the classes directory?
> I like developing with the classes and I understand it is nice to let tomcat deploy a
.war file but it also creates some problems for me because i deploy to multiple production
servers with different settings that get overwritten every time my war file is expanded.
Use ant/maven and build preconfigured war files. It's much, much easier 
to distribute/deploy single war file instead of expanded directory (not 
to mention single .class files for updates).

You can keep site-specific configuration files outside of 
webapplication, so they will not get overwritten with deploys.

Mikolaj Rydzewski <>

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