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Hi,

In my development environment, when I make changes to web.xml, I have to shut down and restart Tomcat to get it to read the changes. How does that work when a website is hosted commercially? In other words, if I make changes to my web.xml file, and then I upload it to the web host, how do I get the changes to take effect?
 
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Tomcat (as with most containers) gives you the ability to reload individual applications.

Many companies will have some kind of redunancy that allows them to bring down different servers. Other servers will handle the traffic until the one that's been brought down comes back up online.
 
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If you are serious about deploying applications be sure to choose a hosting company that gives you control over your environment.

If using Tomcat, the manager application will allow you to stop and start individual applications without the need to restart the entire server.
 
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