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From Dan Milstein <>
Subject Re: what is the deal with tomcat 4 and web server connectors??
Date Tue, 24 Apr 2001 17:15:39 GMT

One thing which I think would be useful (which I wanted to do myself, but
don't think I'll have time to do), would be to write an ajp13 connector for
TC 4.  This would allow TC 4 users to use mod_jk as their plugin (which
supports iPlanet and IIS).  If you are interested in doing some development,
I think that would be an excellent contribution.


 - Take a look through the Ajp13 doc in the 3.3 branch (src/doc/AJPv13.html)
-- this explains how the protocol works.  

 - Review the ajp13 connector code in 3.3
(share/org/apache/tomcat/modules/server/ and

 - Adapt that code to the TC 4 codebase (basing on HttpConnector, or
WarpConnector, possibly).

Wins: connect to multiple servers (including netscape and iis), load
balancing, debugged C code.

Losses: painful to configure

Although I don't have time to write this code myself, I can contribute some
help (I understand the 3.3 ajp13 code pretty thoroughly).


> Kevin Seguin wrote:
> i want to move from tomcat 3.x to tomcat 4.  i absolutely must be able to
> use tomcat 4 with netscape/iplanet and microsoft (iis) web servers.  as
> near as i can tell, the only connector that will be available in the
> foreseeable future is for apache 1.3.  is this true?
> i have come across very little (almost no) information regarding this new
> webapp lib (which appears to be undergoing some significant change
> recently) and the warp thing...  does *anybody* have anything to share??
> i'm willing to help out with connector development, or even write my own
> connectors...  if i could only figure out where to start...


Dan Milstein //

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