# Re: Tomcat doesn't refreshes and still gives me an old error again and again

```On 06/09/2019 15:36, Karen Goh wrote:
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> On Thursday, September 5, 2019, 9:47:40 PM GMT+8, Mark Thomas
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> Personally, I gave up on using Tomcat and Eclipse in this way a long
> time ago. It is a little more work but I run a completely separate
> Tomcat instance and then use the "Export...", "WAR file" option to
> deploy the latest version of my webapp to the external Tomcat instance
> and then let Tomcat's auto-deploy take care of things.
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> Hi Mark,
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> This is completely new to me. When you said use the "Export" are you
> referrring to the Export inside Eclipse?```
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Yes. Eclipse will export a dynamic web project to a WAR file.

> How do you debug without Eclipse then ?

I still use Eclipse. I connect to the Tomcat process using remote
debugging and debug my way through Tomcat and/or the web application as
necessary.

Mark

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> Apart from those times where I've managed to export to the wrong Tomcat
> instance (entirely my own fault) I've never had an issue.
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> As an added bonus it makes it easy to debug into the Tomcat code when I
> need to but I accept that that is something a Tomcat developer is going
> to want to do rather more frequently than someone developing a web app.
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> Mark
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>> Karen,
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>> On 9/4/19 10:45, Karen Goh wrote:
>>> On Wednesday, September 4, 2019, 9:32:43 PM GMT+8, Dave Thorn
>>> <da...@fysh.org.INVALID> wrote:
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>>> On Wed, Sep 04, 2019 at 01:21:11PM +0000, Karen Goh wrote:
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>>>> I am facing this problem - that Tomcat - 9.0.24 doesn't
>>>> refreshes and it will give ma an error, even after I commented
>>>> out a line. But, after several cleaning - using Tomcat Directory
>>>> clean, right-click on the project in Eclipse and do a run maven
>>>> force update and project built, it will still give me an error
>>>> that point out to a commented out line.
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>>> Do you have a tomcat/work directory? ISTR sometimes having to
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>>> rm -rf /var/cache/tomcat/work/Catalina/localhost/{webappname}
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>>> Could you let me know how to do it Windows 10 way? Sorry for the
>>> trouble cos basically most of my stuff is still using Windows
>>> 10....
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>> C:> DEL /S %CATALINA_BASE%\work\Catalina\localhost\{webappname}
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>> Or just navigate Windows Explorer to the "work" directory and press
>> the "DELETE" key on your keyboard.
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>> Hi Chris,
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>> Just to clarify, so instead of doing the clean, I will have to to to this
>> place - C:\Program Files\Apache\apache-tomcat-9.0.24\webapps\webappname and
>> delete weappname ?
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>> I happened to read this
>> https://stackoverflow.com/questions/763693/where-is-the-work-directory-located-for-a-tomcat-instance-running-in-eclipse
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>> I checked the location when I right-clicked the Tomcat instance, it says
>> meta data, so should I delete the metadata one ? My Tomcat configuration is
>> take control of Tomcat installation.
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>> -chris
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