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Subject Re: Tomcat Web App - Strange issue. Requires 2 restart for SSO mode to work
Date Tue, 07 Sep 2010 08:06:03 GMT
On 02/09/2010 05:08, AVSUNIL wrote:
> Hi,
> I have a small web application deployed on Tomcat server and is is working
> pretty fine, except in one mode. The web application is available through 2
> modes of links - one is regular and other is Single Sign On based.
> Here is the sample directory structure:
> Tomcat
>   	webapps
> 		MyApp
> 			WEB-INF
> 				web.xml
> 				jsp
> 					myapp.jsp
> 		MyApp.war
>   	bin
>   	logs
>   	conf
> 		web.xml 
> Deployment Procedure: 
> Stop the server
> Copy the new war to webapps replacing the old one
> remove the complete diretcory of MyApp recursively (rm -rf MyApp)
> start the server
> Issue:
> We try both the links of application. The normal one works just fine first
> time itself. The SSO link shows up the directory listings page of webapps
> directory showing the MyApp.war and MyApp directory link.
> Now all we need to workaround this is just stop the server again and then
> start it. Surprisingly both SSO mode link and normal works totally fine.
> This is recurring problem. Is there a proper permanent fix to this?
> Please note the web.xml in Tomcat/conf directory has below 
> <servlet>
> <servlet-name>default</servlet-name>
> <init-param>
> <param-name>listings</param-name>
> <param-value>true</param-value>
> </init-param>
> </servlet>
> <welcome-file-list>
> <welcome-file>index.html</welcome-file>
> <welcome-file>index.htm</welcome-file>
> <welcome-file>index.jsp</welcome-file>
> </welcome-file-list>
> Please note the web.xml in Tomcat/webapps/MyApp/WEB-INF directory has below
> <welcome-file-list>
> <welcome-file>myapp.jsp</welcome-file>
> </welcome-file-list>

This welcome-file won't be discovered in myapp/WEB-INF/jsp, it must be

> The application has only myapp.jsp and none of index.* files

It would probably be best just to call it 'index.jsp', no?

> myapp.jsp is as below

> <html><head><META
> URL=<%=request.getContextPath()%>/"></head><body/></html>

That looks like an incorrect attempt at a 'meta refresh' tag and largely
a waste of a file.

Is there a reason why you didn't just make the '' URL a welcome-file?


> Somehow first time when new war is deployed, old exploded diretcory is
> deleted and server is started, the Tomcat might not be finding xcard.jsp or
> the application specific web.xml and hence it is listings the directory
> based on settings in Tomcat/conf/web.xml
> Second time however it finds the web.xml and xcard.jsp and hence works.
> We even tried changing deployment procedure not to delete the exploded
> directory and rest of steps same. But it does not help either. If we drop
> the new war while the server is running, it does not take the changes in new
> war.

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