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From chris derham <>
Subject Re: Getting an absolute path into a servlet's context-param value w/o hardcoding in web.xml
Date Fri, 29 Jul 2011 23:11:53 GMT
> As part of the "configuration" of the servlet to be deployed into an
> environment, it wants a directory path passed as a servlet context
> parameter:
> (WEB-INF/web.xml)
> ....
>  <context-param>
>    <param-name>3rd-party-app.home</param-name>
>    <param-value>/path/to/directory</param-value>
>  </context-param>
> ....
> In our environments, "/path/to/directory" will be different for different
> deployments, and so we don't want to hardcode this into the web.xml else the
> WAR is non-portable.
> Put the following on <tomcat_home>/conf/context.xml and it will override
the value in web.xml - override false means should web.xml override this
value, so it has to be false

    <Parameter name="3rd-party-app.home" value="/path/to/other/directory"

This will set this parameter for all wars in the tomcat instance.
Alternatively you can specify the setting in a per war file via placing it
in <tomcat_home>conf/Catalina/localhost/AppName.xml

Hope that helps


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