Sun Java System Application Server Platform Edition 8.1 2005Q2 Update 2 Release Notes

Deploying an application using --precompilejsp=true can lock JAR files in the application, causing later undeployment or redeployment to fail. (Windows only) (ID 5004315)

If you request precompilation of JSPs when you deploy an application on Windows, later attempts to undeploy that application or to redeploy it (or any application with the same module ID) will not work as expected. The problem is that JSP precompilation opens JAR files in your application but does not close them, and Windows prevents the undeployment from deleting those files or the redeployment from overwriting them.

Note that undeployment succeeds to a point, in that the application is logically removed from the Application Server. Also note that no error message is returned by the asadmin utility, but the application\qs directory and the locked jar files remain on the server. The server\qs log file will contain messages describing the failure to delete the files and the application\qs directory.

Attempts to redeploy the application after undeploying fail because the server tries to remove the existing files and directory, and these attempts also fail. This can happen if you try to deploy any application that uses the same module ID as the originally deployed application, because the server uses the module ID in choosing a directory name to hold the application\qs files.

Attempts to redeploy the application without undeploying it first will fail for the same reasons.

Diagnostics

If you attempt to redeploy the application or deploy it after undeploying it, the asadmin utility returns an error similar to the one below.

An exception occurred while running the command.  The exception message 
is: CLI171 Command deploy failed : Deploying application in domain failed;
Cannot deploy. Module directory is locked and can\qt be deleted

Solutions

If you specify --precompilejsps=false (the default setting) when you deploy an app, then this problem will not occur. Be aware that the first use of the application will trigger the JSP compilation, so the response time to the first request will be longer than for later requests.

Note also that if you do precompile, you should stop and restart the server before undeploying or redeploying the application. The shutdown frees the locked JAR files so the undeployment or redeployment after the restart can succeed.