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From Joseph Slag <sl...@citilink.com>
Subject mapping servlet/jsp to servername/ with apache and tomcat
Date Tue, 04 Apr 2000 04:24:05 GMT
After spending a good amount of time experimenting and coming up
with a solution that I'm not crazy about, I'd like to ask if others
have come up with a better way to do the following:

I want users who come to my site (by typing 'http://sitename.com/' or
following a link to the same URL) to have their request processed by a 
servlet or jsp file.

The only way that I've been able to make this work is by 
  #1) using the default tomcat.conf directive to map .jsp files to tomcat,
  #2) telling Apache to look for DirectoryIndex files of index.jsp and 
          index.html, in that order,
  #3) putting my index.jsp file in /webapps/ROOT/, 
  #4) putting a bogus index.jsp in /htdocs/ 

This seems to convince Apache that it should be serving up an index.jsp file,
which it then does properly by deferring to Tomcat.  Having a bogus index.jsp
in Apache's /htdocs/ dir feels like a kludge, though.  Are there better ways?

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