I was able to send war files to the System admins for our Tomcat 4.1.27 container and it would update my project in the /webapps/firstweb project. My latest War for that project doesnt work. The web site (in the webapps/firstweb directory) is still there with the prior war info but the latest war file they put in the webapps directory doesnt seem to autodeploy and update my web site.
I asked the system admin to shut down the container (/bin/shutdown.bat) and then restart it (/bin/startup.bat) and it doesnt seem to take my updated war file.
Any thoughts on why it is doing this and anything I can suggest for them to get it to work? I have 4.1.3 in my local development environment and have no problems with the War files updating my webapps.
Also I cant update to Tomcat 5.5 for another year due to system issues.
If you use the Tomcat manager to undeploy your app before deploying the new version, all the old files will be deleted. Otherwise adding a new version is like unzipping on directory structure on top of another. New files will be added, existing ones overwritten if there is a new copy, and files that were in the old version but don't exist in the new, will remain.