If dynamic reloading is enabled (it is by default), you do not have to redeploy an application or module when you change its code or deployment descriptors. All you have to do is copy the changed JSP or class files into the deployment directory for the application or module. The server checks for changes periodically and redeploys the application, automatically and dynamically, with the changes.
This is useful in a development environment, because it allows code changes to be tested quickly. In a production environment, however, dynamic reloading might degrade performance. In addition, whenever a reload is done, the sessions at that transit time become invalid. The client must restart the session.
Select the Application Settings component under the relevant configuration.
Check the Reload Enabled box to enable dynamic reloading.
Enter a number of seconds in the Reload Poll Interval field.
This sets the interval at which applications and modules are checked for code changes and dynamically reloaded. The default is 2.
For details, see the Sun Java System Application Server Platform Edition 8.2 Administration Guide.
For an application:
For an individually deployed module:
Explicitly update the .reload file’s timestamp (touch .reload in UNIX) each time you make changes.