The JBossTools server adapter for webtools does exploded deployment by default. In fact, there's no way to make it do zipped deployment without using the "project archives" view.
Make sure your server is of the "JBoss, a division of Red Hat" type and not just "JBoss". The "JBoss" one is contributed by webtools, not by us, and that one has to re-zip everything each adn every time.
I have exactly the same requirement and followed the instructions below. However, the EAR will not deploy onto the exploded configuration. When I select the project and click "Full Publish", the "Publishing to JBoss" breifly flickers but nothing is changed under the deploy directory.
Any suggestions ?
What version are you using ?
The latest version of JBT publishes by default into a seperate deploy directory to avoid pollution of your AS install.
You can see the directory if you double click the server.
I am using Eclipse 3.4.1 and JBoss AS Tools 2.0.0 GA.
The default publishing is as you say to a separate deploy directory under the Eclipse .pluging directory. When I make an incremental change (eg. to a .xhtml file), the change is published successfully.
However, when I switch to publishing to the JBoss deploy folder, the incremental change does not appear.
Do I need to configure something on the server to allow incremental publishing ?
I got it working by rebuilding my dev. environment.
* Downloaded and installed the current Eclipse IDE JEE distro (3.4.1)
* Downloaded and installed JBoss Tools 3 CR1 from the update sites (I had to uncheck the JBoss Birt option before the install would work)
Incremental publishing to the JBoss deploy folder is now working correctly.
Thanks for the help.