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Uploaded documents / images do not show up

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In my Spring3Appliation, user can upload his picture. The uploaded picture does not show up on the view profile page. But if I restart Tomcat multiple times, it would show up, without any code changes.

I also tried to load the picture url in the browser directly, but that also gives a "is not available" error.

The images are in a folder which is at the same level as WEB-INF and not within WEB-INF

I have made the following property false: catalina.properties->tomcat.util.buf.StringCache.enabled, but no help.

Since even the browser does not show the image when directly loaded, I am assuming that it is a tomcat problem, and not the applicaton.

Sample urls being tried:
where tms is the context of the application

Please suggest.
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Before you do anything else, move the upload directory.

You should never write into a deployed WAR. It's not supported by the J2EE standard, it won't even work on some servers and on servers like Tomcat where it (sometimes) does, you'll still end up in a lot of pain because updating the webapp can cause your uploaded data to be destroyed.

Always store uploaded files in a directory that is external to both Tomcat and the WARs.
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