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From "IngyHere (Created) (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Created] (CXF-4190) <static-resources-list> directive fails with directories
Date Thu, 22 Mar 2012 00:23:26 GMT
<static-resources-list> directive fails with directories

                 Key: CXF-4190
             Project: CXF
          Issue Type: Bug
          Components: Services, Transports
    Affects Versions: 2.5, 2.4
         Environment: CXF/Spring on Tomcat 6.x
            Reporter: IngyHere

The "static-resources-list" directive is provided as an alternative to serve static content
through the service root and as an alternative to flying one's own DispatcherServlet. Unfortunately,
it works only for files. This leads to the situation where people are going nuts trying to
make workarounds when they set their base url-pattern directive to something like "/*" or
they simply want to serve content directly under the service path. (See
for a comparable situation.) 

The code at "org.apache.cxf.transport.servlet.AbstractHTTPServlet" in "serveStaticContent"
provides an immediate check for content with 
InputStream is = super.getServletContext().getResourceAsStream(pathInfo);
        if (is == null) {
            throw new ServletException("Static resource " + pathInfo + " is not available");
and, when this fails due a directory being passed in through the request, it's exception time.

An algorithm for serving static content should be implemented that assumes without an extension
that the item passed in is a directory (and/or checks first for a trailing slash) and then
attempts to serve up the name of the welcome file in the directory. 

Alternately, this could all be just passed off to DefaultDispatcher to let it handle the edge

Basically, this bug makes the "static-resources-list" directive effectively useless. 

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