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Jetty itself has no temporary directories, but you can assign a directory for each web application, into which the WAR is unpacked, JSPs compiled on-the-fly, etc. If you do not assign a specific temporary directory, Jetty will create one as needed when your web application starts. Whether you set the location of the temporary directory - or you let Jetty create one for you - you also have a choice to either keep or delete the temporary directory when the web application stops.
By default, Jetty will create a temporary directory for each web application. The name of the directory will be of the form:
0.0.0.0 is the host address,
8080 is the port,
test.war is the resourceBase,
test is the context path (with / converted to _),
any is the virtual host, and
randomdigits are a string of digits guaranteed to be unique.
Once the temp directory is created, it is retrievable as the value (as a File) of the context attribute
By default, Jetty will create this directory inside the directory named by the
java.io.tmpdir System property.
You can instruct Jetty to use a different parent directory by setting the context attribute
org.eclipse.jetty.webapp.basetempdir to the name of the desired parent directory.
The directory named by this attribute must exist and be writeable.
As usual with Jetty, you can either set this attribute in a context xml file, or you can do it in code.
Here’s an example of setting it in an xml file:
<Configure class="org.eclipse.jetty.webapp.WebAppContext"> <Set name="contextPath">/test</Set> <Set name="war">foo.war</Set> <Call name="setAttribute"> <Arg>org.eclipse.jetty.webapp.basetempdir</Arg> <Arg>/home/my/foo</Arg> </Call> </Configure>
The equivalent in code is:
WebAppContext context = new WebAppContext(); context.setContextPath("/test"); context.setWar("foo.war"); context.setAttribute("org.eclipse.jetty.webapp.basetempdir", "/tmp/foo");
There are several ways to use a particular directory as the temporary directory:
<Configure class="org.eclipse.jetty.webapp.WebAppContext"> <Set name="contextPath">/test</Set> <Set name="war">foo.war</Set> <Set name="tempDirectory">/some/dir/foo</Set> </Configure>
Here’s an example of doing it with java code:
WebAppContext context = new WebAppContext(); context.setContextPath("/test"); context.setWar("foo.war"); context.setTempDirectory(new File("/some/dir/foo"));
<Configure class="org.eclipse.jetty.webapp.WebAppContext"> <Set name="contextPath">/test</Set> <Set name="war">foo.war</Set> <Call name="setAttribute"> <Arg>javax.servlet.context.tempdir</Arg> <Arg>/some/dir/foo</Arg> </Call> </Configure>
Or in java:
WebAppContext context = new WebAppContext(); context.setContextPath("/test"); context.setWar("foo.war"); context.setAttribute("javax.servlet.context.tempdir", "/some/dir/foo");
Once a temporary directory has been created by either of these methods, a File instance for it is set as the value of the
javax.servlet.context.tempdir attribute of the web application.
Be wary of setting an explicit temp directory if you are likely to change the jars in WEB-INF/lib between redeployments. There is a JVM bug concerning caching of jar contents: http://bugs.sun.com/bugdatabase/view_bug.do?bug_id=4774421
Mostly for backward compatibility, from jetty-9.1.1 onwards, it is be possible to create a directory named "work" in the
If such a directory is found, it is assumed you want to use it as the parent directory for all of the temporary directories of the webapps in that
Moreover, as has historically been the case, these temp directories inside the work directory are not cleaned up when jetty exists (or more correctly speaking, the
temp directory corresponding to a context is not cleaned up when that context stops).
When a work directory is used, the algorithm for generating the name of the context-specific temp directories omits the random digit string. This ensures the name of the directory remains consistent across context restarts.
Sometimes you may find it useful to keep the contents of the temporary directory between restarts of the web application. By default, Jetty will not persist the temp directory. To configure Jetty to keep it, use WebAppContext.setPersistTempDirectory(true).
Be aware that if you call
setPersistTempDirectory(true), but let Jetty create a new temp directory each time (i.e. you do NOT set an explicit temp directory), then you will accumulate temp directories in your chosen temp directory location.