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From "Andersen, Bjoern" <>
Subject RE: Deployment Problem - behavior changed from 5.x to 7.x
Date Thu, 21 Nov 2013 09:32:49 GMT
Hi Konstantin,

Thanks for your answer.
What I'm trying to do:
  Background: The APPs can't be simply undeployed and re-deployed (delete and create) because
there are tons of files NOT in the war in several subdirs that are not to be deletet during
a release change. So what we do is this:
  - We got die APP-Dirs outside Webapps.
  - We got a script doing the deployment and several other (non-TC) things. This can only
send a html request. So we do this..
  - Step1: Undelpoy APP via request against TC manager, like server:port/manager/undeploy?path=/context
                  It undeploys the APP from TC but does not delete the Dir as it is not in
the Webapps dir.
 - Step2: Copy the new app in the APP dir and remove old files.
 - Step3: Redeploy APP via request against TC manager (->"Deploy a Directory or WAR by
                 like server:port/manager/deploy?path=/context&war=file:/path/to/foo

Now, Step 3 is the Problem. In TC5, it would just add the APP to TC as it was before, running
from /path/to/foo. A generic foo.xml would be automatically created in the conf subdir. It
worked well. 
Now, in TC7 with this command, it doesn't run the APP from /path/to/foo any more but instead
copies it from /path/to/foo to webapps dir and run it from there. That doesn't work for us.
We need the "old" behavior.

Any idea how we can archive this?
Bjoern Andersen

-----Original Message-----
From: Konstantin Kolinko [] 
Sent: Sunday, November 17, 2013 2:51 PM
To: Tomcat Users List
Subject: Re: Deployment Problem - behavior changed from 5.x to 7.x

2013/11/17 Andersen, Bjoern <>:
> Hi.
> I got a Problem with Tomcat deployment. I am using TC 7.0.42, OS: Win2k8r2, J 1.7.0._45.
> We used to deploy unpacked webapps (dirs) on a Tomcat 5.0.26 outside the Webapps-dir.
We used the manager (web-IF) to deploy these apps, giving the context name and the local directory.
The tomcat ran the app from this location. It creates a <contex>.xml in it's config
> Now in TC7, the tomcat COPIES the APP from the given location to the 
> default Webapps directory. But we want it to run from where it is, not 
> a copy. One way to archieve this is to manually create a <context>.xml 
> file in the conf/server/localhost dir. But our deployment process 
> needs it to be done via web interface. So, is there any possibility to 
> configure tomcat 7 to behave like tomcat 5 when deploying local webapp 
> directories from outside the webapps dir? I tried autoDeploy and 
> unpackWars to false, but it didn't help. :(

5.0 was deprecated so long ago, that it is beyond my knowledge. What exactly are you trying
to do, step by step?

Documentation for the Manager webapp is here:

There exist Ant and Maven front-ends (HTTP clients) for that API which are documented elsewhere.

> But our deployment process needs it to be done via web interface.

Why? What is your deployment process?

Best regards,
Konstantin Kolinko

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