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From Tim Funk <>
Subject Re: [5] welcome files not compliant?
Date Fri, 25 Jul 2003 15:06:39 GMT
[Permit me to be blockheaded for a moment. I really want to understand this 
one since it seems it can really confuse users in a test vs production 

So if the webapp is precompiled I get one behavior, and if its not 
precompiled I get another behavior? (Scary)

In tomcat's root webapp, the servlet mapping is

If the incoming url is "/". I thought this would trigger the welcome file 
logic to take place. The "container" will then look for any URI as defined by 
section 11.1 in the order defined by the welcome file list. The default from 
the tomcat's web.xml being:

In my case, index.html exists, so it should be served before index.jsp.

 From 9.10 [Proposed Final Draft August 5th 2002]
The web server must append each welcome file in the order specified in the 
deployment descriptor to the partial request and check whether a resource in 
the WAR is mapped to that request URI. The web container must send the 
request to the first resource in the WAR that matches. The match is 
determined using the usual path mapping rules in Section 11.1.

Am I missing something more subtle?


Remy Maucherat wrote:
> No, I disagree with that. This is an exact match on a servlet (don't 
> forget the webapp is precompiled, so there's a real mapping in web.xml 
> in the root webapp), which takes precedence (the physical resource 
> welcome file maps to the "/" servlet, so it has lowest priority).
> Remy

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