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From Glenn Nielsen <>
Subject Re: Tomcat 4.0/Solaris why doesn't tomcat follow soft links?
Date Thu, 14 Jun 2001 21:46:43 GMT
Under unix the Java SecurityManager doesn't like soft links.
The reason is that the SecurityManager uses the real path when
evaluating the codebase.  Using Tomcat 4 you can configure the 
Context docBase to the realpath to the users public html directory.



Robert Evans wrote:
> Greetings,
> I am in the process of configuring Tomcat to be used with several classes
> at the Johns Hopkins University.  I would like to have each student have
> their own webapp in their public_html directory.
> I tried Tomcat 3.2.1, but couldn't get the security policy to work right
> (all jsp pages kept wanting to use the examples directory?)
> I am trying Tomcat 4.0B5, and was going to use soft links in the webapps
> directory to point to each students public_html directory.  The only
> problem is that Tomcat doesn't seem to want to follow the soft links.  If I
> make a real directory in the webapps dir, everything works fine, but if I
> try to use a soft linked one, I get:
>       Http Status 503 - This application is not currently available
>       The requested service(This application is not currently available) is
> not currently available
> Any suggestions/help would be greatly appreciated.  If I don't get this
> working within a week, it'll be back to the Java Web Server.  :-(
> Bob

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