We all know that whenever we store the struts jars in WEB-INF/lib folder of the webapp, and we need to redeploy the app, we must shut down tomcat.
Also, i feel it is a bad design practise to store struts jars within each webapp, when tomcat can host multiple struts webapps.
So i placed the struts jars in tomcat's common/lib folder and it works well. Although, i tried to place the struts jars inside another folder i.e. common/lib/struts-lib, but the container couldnt read jars from there.
Please let me know if this is the standard industry practise?
Normal practice is to put Struts jars in each webapp. This is particularly important as you may need to deploy multiple versions of Struts at once, plus Struts (Struts 1) is relatively old and simply may not work in a shared environment.