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autoUnpackWars (Tomcat)

AutoUnpackWars is a feature of Tomcat which automatically unpacks WAR files before deployment, creating all the files and folders that are stored in the WAR file.

This is useful for a number of reasons:

  • An unpacked application is less likely to be locked by Tomcat, allowing it to be undeployed more easily.
  • Unpacked applications are able to write to their Application Root and other folders such as WEB-INF, because the folders exist in the file system. When the application is deployed as a WAR file, these folders don't exist.
  • Class and jar files exist in the file system, which is accessed faster than a WAR file.

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