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From Patrick Luby <>
Subject Re: [5.0] [PROPOSAL] Refactored mapper
Date Fri, 16 Aug 2002 16:56:47 GMT

Remy Maucherat wrote:
> It now looks doable with the standalone Tomcat. It may still be 
> unimplementable through Apache, though.
> My wish would be that only physical resources can be used as welcome 
> files, so that the spec is implementable through a native webserver.
> (Quite frankly, the use case for the rest is very limited, and very 
> confusing; plus it would impose a complex wording in the spec - still 
> not right in that version)

I really don't like this spec change either. After carefully reading the 
revised wording, it still seems that spec is saying "if I can't find any 
of the listed static welcome files, start looking for anything that can 
serve up a response".

OK, maybe I am being overly dramatic, but it seems that the spec is 
trying to apply complex pattern matching rules to when the user requests 
the "/" resource and the webapp is missing all of the static welcome 
file resources. As far as I can tell, the only time the servlet mapping 
gets used is when the webapp has, for example "/index.html" as a welcome 
file and then then the webapp developer forget to put a "index.html" 
file in the webapp.

Am I missing some bigger and better feature? Or is this spec trying to 
solve a problem that can be easily handled with the existing welcome 
file behavior?


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