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From "M. Manna" <>
Subject Re: Changing Sever.xml without restarting Tomcat 8.5
Date Mon, 23 Jul 2018 16:57:19 GMT
I am not sure if it's possible, and probably for a valid reasons.
Server.xml is the mother of server container config and messing things up
there means your servlet context/listeners etc. may need to be
reconfigured. Without a heavily customised/rewritten version of tomcat
config change listener, you cannot do it.

Also check this - conf/server.xml file cannot be reloaded without
restarting Tomcat.

By all means, confirm this by your research.

On 23 July 2018 at 17:25, Laurie Miller-Cook <> wrote:

> Hi there,
> I have an issue where we have multiple virtual hosts in separate base
> directory's on a single Tomcat installation.  If I need to change something
> within server.xml I need to restart Tomcat which means I need to do this
> within an outage window as it affects all of the Websites, is there a way
> of reloading the server.xml without restarting Tomcat?
> As a bit of background we have a wildcard domain, so
> <clientname>.<Domain>.com so we have created multiple webapp directories
> with their own Manage and have multiple entries in the server.xml file for
> the different hosts.
> What need to be able to do is, for example, is add another host to the xml
> site and get that to take effect automatically without the need to
> restarting Tomcat as this restarts all the other websites and hence gives
> outages to our customers.
> Any help would be greatly appreciated.
> All the best
> Laurie

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