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Tomcat 6 Developer's Guide by Damodar Chetty

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Hot deploying a context

The reloadable attribute of a context indicates that resources should be watched for modification and that a reload of the context should be triggered if an application's resources have been modified.

Note

While reloading a context is invaluable during development, it requires significant runtime overhead and so should be left turned off in a production environment.

Determining if a reload is necessary

As we saw in the last chapter, a context may be reloaded when a watched resource is modified or deleted. In addition, a key responsibility of a WebappLoader is to provide a backgroundProcess() method implementation that is called by its parent container's background processing thread. Note that this method is of use only for ...

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