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Document base /path/to/exploded/war/ does not exist or is not a readable directory

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I discovered the easy technique where one can point Tomcat at a directory instead of copying stuff into the /webapps dir.

So, I created $CATALINA_HOME/conf/Catalina/localhost/ma.xml like so:

<Context path="/ma" docBase="/workspace/ma/target/ma" reloadable="true" />

After a few false starts (turns out that Tomcat on Windows doesn’t accept cygwin-style paths even when started from sygwin), I thought I had it sorted.

<Context path="/ma" docBase="d:\workspace\ma\target\ma" reloadable="true" />

but Tomcat was having none of it.

16/06/2011 5:04:23 PM org.apache.catalina.core.StandardContext resourcesStart
 SEVERE: Error starting static Resources
 java.lang.IllegalArgumentException: Document base D:\workspace\ma\target\ma does not exist or is not a readable directory

Turns out I was being stupid and forgot the trailing slash in the docBase.


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June 16, 2011 at 6:04 pm

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My PC died on the weekend (CPU fried after heat sink detached) so I used the opportunity to buy a Macbook Pro.

It’s exceptionally nice with a great keyboard, but the trackpad scrolls in entirely the wrong direction compared to smart phones.

Turns out Apple will fix this in OSX Lion but until then, you can download a handy app that will unwrongify your scrolling.

Written by Trent

June 7, 2011 at 9:24 pm

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