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Maintaining File Permissions in a WAR file

Savio Fernandes
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I am using ant to create a WAR file. I use the <jar> task for this purpose. This WAR file contains certain XML files, which I do not want to expose to the end user. However, the documentation for <Jar> clearly mentions that "file permissions will not be stored in the resulting jarfile."

When I deploy this WAR file on Tomcat, on a Unix platform, it extracts this WAR file into a directory. The XML files are extracted with default permissions, which allow any user to read these files.

Is there any way to specify permissions for files within a WAR, so that these permissions are maintained when the WAR file is extracted?

It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
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