I am trying to deploy, undeploy and reload a Java EE Web application under Tomcat 6 using Ant 1.7.
All of these tree tasks are "working", deploy and undeploy are working as expected but reload does not..mmm...how to say that...does not.....reload?
Reading the Ant documentation I have found this:
# Reload not supported on WAR deployed at path /foo
Currently, application reloading (to pick up changes to the classes or web.xml file) is not supported when a web application is deployed directly from a WAR file. It only works when the web application is deployed from an unpacked directory. If you are using a WAR file, you should undeploy and then deploy or deploy with the update parameter the application again to pick up your changes.
So the question is, how can I deploy directly from an unpacked directory? I only know how to config the Ant deploy task using a WAR file, is that my mistake?
This is part of my build.xml:
By now, I have the update="true" attribute in the deploy task because reload does not work for me, but I would like to be able to remove it and use the reload task to update the changes on the application.