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From Chintan Kachhi <>
Subject Re: [users@httpd] Re: How to see/use the response when the apache server is down.
Date Fri, 10 Jul 2009 16:39:24 GMT
Thanks for the response... I looked through my httpd.conf file and found
that the WebSpherePluginConfig was pointing to the wrong plugin directory (
the person who had originally installed WAS had forgotten to update the file
to point it to the right directory). I regenerated and propagated the
plugin, and now it shows the correct error page, when the app server is
down. Now I get back to my main problem which I originally had... So now, my
IBM HTTP Server is running, my WebSphere application server is running, but
I take down one of the services in the app server. When I try to hit the
service from the url, it does not return my custom error message... instead
returns something like:

SRVE0255E: A WebGroup/Virtual Host to handle /service1 has not been defined.

SRVE0255E: A WebGroup/Virtual Host to handle localhost:80 has not been

IBM WebSphere Application Server

( where service1 is the service that I take down.)

I looked at the http status codes returned through the live http headers and
it seems like it returns 404 Not Found...

But then I am not sure why it is not redirecting it to my custom error page,
because I already have an errordocument directive for 404 error in my
httpd.conf file.

  When I do something like:   http://localhost/chintan.html, it  shows the
custom error page for 404 that I defined.. ( since such a page does not
exist.), but
 when I do something like: http://localhost/myservice, where my service is a
service on the app server that I have taken down, it shows the above message
instead of my custom error page.

Not sure why it does this.

On Thu, Jul 9, 2009 at 3:54 PM, Eric Covener <> wrote:

> On Thu, Jul 9, 2009 at 3:48 PM, Chintan Kachhi<>
> wrote:
> > [To Dan Poirier] I need to go to Websphere to hit the service and that
> > requires the port 9080, hence I do that... but this should work and
> return
> > the error message I think since the http server is linked to the
> Websphere
> > through the plugin...  someone correct me if I am wrong.
> It's only linked when you ask the WebServer for a page, and it fetches
> it from the AppServer. If you ask the AppServer (port 9080) the
> webserver isn't involved.
> The message you pasted is generated by the browser when it can't
> connect to port 9080, where your AppServer is normally listening.
> >
> > As for changing the port plugin-cfg.xml to something not listening, I am
> not
> > sure how to do that. Do you change something in the plugin.xml file, or
> > within the Websphere admin console?
> I did that to illustrate the behavior when the WebSphere Plugin can't
> connect to the AppServer. You don't want to change the port.
> --
> Eric Covener
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