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From Mark Thomas <>
Subject Re: Context.xml being deleted
Date Tue, 13 Apr 2010 09:17:49 GMT
On 13/04/2010 02:24, Hassan Schroeder wrote:
> On Mon, Apr 12, 2010 at 6:08 PM, Sam Stephens <> wrote:
>> I have a forum application. When we update it we want to distribute a
>> new war file (previously we updated all files individually). If we
>> give out a new war file to our customers the images directory, the
>> attachments directory and other directories that contain user uploaded
>> data will be wiped out.
>> Is there a solution to this dilemma? Sym links are are no - you'd have
>> to remake them each time so still a lot of work.
> Well, AFAIK it's either symlinks (which can be scripted in deployment
> processes pretty easily) or put all that stuff in a separate context that
> you never, ever, EVER undeploy :-)
> I've used both approaches, can't really say I have a preference. The
> latter might be a little less work, and definitely reduces the exposure
> to symlink oopsies...

Tomcat 7 will have the ability to alias external content into a web
app's url space.


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