I tested war file it deploys application fine under webapp. But we have directories like webapp/retail, webapp/sales etc. Each of these folders hold their own application war files and jsp etc. Can tomcat unpack a file if I put it in retail folder say retail.war. I tried that and it did not work. We are limited to copy our files (including wars's in subfolders of webapp). How do we do that? Seems for tomcat to do automatic deployment the war file needs to be put under webapp only?
So, Tomcat will not recursively search directories under webapps. It searches for *.war only in the webapps directory, not subdirectories.
So if retail.war and sales.war are two individual applications, then you should have:
And when it gets deployed, those will each expode into a directory named with the war file's name.
If , on the other hand, you have a single directory called "webapp" (note the lack of 's'), and this 'webapp' is a single application, with "subapplications" called retail and sales... then this is not at all how web-apps are to be constructed and deployed. That just won't work.