Regarding proper packaging files with project in NETBEANS 5.5
To package file with project having requered PATH in WAR you have click on "Item" content field after typing PATH in PATH in WAR field. Screen should look like on Windows:-
on Linux:- In this case when you get back to this screen later it will look like on Windows:-
If you just click "OK" after typing in PATH in WAR field , when you get back to this screen you will find "PATH in WAR" field empty. In this case packaging will place file in root folder of corresponding WAR archive. instead of "WEB-INF" for example. It works this way on Linux and on Windows.