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From "David Soroko" <>
Subject RE: The significance of root context
Date Tue, 02 Jan 2001 14:28:29 GMT


David Soroko <>
Manna Inc.

-----Original Message-----
From: Thom Park []
Sent: Tuesday, January 02, 2001 1:42 AM
Subject: Re: The significance of root context

This is a known bug in tomcat and is documented in the release notes - I got
bit by this one as well ;-)


David Soroko wrote:

I am trying to understand the significance of the "root" context in TC 3.2.

It seems that when no root context is defined i.e. when nothing is mapped to
"" path and
an unavailable resource is requested by a client, tomcat takes up 100% CPU
time and does not let go.

Must I always map some directory to the root context?

Steps to reproduce behavior in the standard TC 3.2 distribution:

* In server.xml comment out
<ContextInterceptor className="org.apache.tomcat.context.AutoSetup" />

(this has the effect that the webapps/ROOT is not mapped to "").

* Start TC

* Connect to http://localhost:8080 <http://localhost:8080>

Note: the same behavior can be seen if webapps/ROOT is removed.


David Soroko <>
Manna Inc.

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