I'm new to websphere, but not to Application Servers. I've worked with a number of light weight and full fledged web/app servers and have never seen this kind of strange behavior. It appears that when I deploy my webapp to Websphere it creates a new web.xml and changes the order of my filter-mapping. This creates some strange behavior, as my filters are in a specific order to setup a hibernate session if it has not yet been done before it authenticates the user. I've combed through the files in the Websphere folders and found that the web_merged.xml file matches this new order. This must be an autogenerated file or something. I modified this file and still end up with the same 'wrong' order when I go into the WAS Admin console and look at the module deployment descriptor.
How can I force the correct order or force WAS to use my web.xml. rather than the generated one?
Thanks in advance.