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From Robert Evans <>
Subject Tomcat 4.0/Solaris why doesn't tomcat follow soft links?
Date Thu, 14 Jun 2001 16:17:42 GMT

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.  :-(


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