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From "ron.vandenbranden@home" <>
Subject Re: adding a global URI prefix for Tomcat web apps
Date Tue, 17 Apr 2012 22:48:05 GMT

Sorry if I'm being a bit dense, but could I check if I'm understanding 
correctly? I can't get it working with your suggestions.

On 18/04/2012 0:04, Konstantin Kolinko wrote:
> 2012/4/17 ron.vandenbranden@home<>:
>>     2. change ${CATALINA.HOME}/conf/server.xml as follows:
>>     <Host name="localhost"  appBase="webapps" unpackWARs="true"
>> autoDeploy="false" deployOnStartup="false">
>>       <Context path="/apps/my_app" docBase="/my_app/" reloadable="true"/>
>>     </Host>
> More comment on the above, as you have already read the docs.
> Putting<Context>  element into server.xml is considered a bad practice.
> Instead of that you'd put it into separate XML file,
> conf/Catalina/localhost/apps#my_app.xml
> as
> <Context docBase="/docbase/of/my_app/" />
> That "reloadable="true"" is not really needed.
> Your docbase can be anywhere (outside of webapps directory) and need
> not have the '#' sign in it.
> The working folder for your app will still be
> ${catalina.base}/Catalina/localhost/apps#myapp with a hash char in it,
> but I think that will work with Cocoon.

I have my webapps located at F:\tomcatApps (so outside of the catalina 
tree), where 'my_app' lives in a folder named 'apps#my_app'. So I'm 
specifying this in ${catalina.base}/conf/server.xml:

    <Host name="localhost" appBase="F:/tomcatApps" unpackWARs="true" autoDeploy="false"

...without any further <Context> elements.

Next, I create following file at 

   <Context docBase="/my_app/" />

(as I understand from the docs that the @docbase value must be relative 
to the Host's @appBase).

When I start Tomcat with these settings, no webapps are deployed at all. 
I tried toggling the values for @autoDeploy and @deployOnStartup, and 
only the latter seems to make any webapps to be deployed. Yet, the 
Tomcat console window then logs following message:

   INFO: Deploying configuration descriptor F:\tomcat-7.0.27\conf\Catalina\localhost\apps#my_app
   18-apr-2012 0:37:56  org.apache.catalina.startup.HostConfig deployDescriptor
   WARNING: A docBase F:\tomcatApps\my_app inside the Host appBase has been specified, and
will be ignored

Eventually, the 'my_app' app is deployed, but with the same result: 
Cocoon chokes on the hash in the folder name.

> BTW, I wonder how Cocoon behaves if your application is in a war file
> and you run with<Host unpackWARs="false" />

Hmm, I could give that a try (tomorrow, perhaps, off to bed now), though 
I recall some issues with Cocoon-based web apps that needed a physical 
directory structure.

Again, many thanks for your help!

Kind regards,


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