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From greg <>
Subject Re: forbidden: you don't have access
Date Tue, 26 Sep 2000 00:52:55 GMT
I would like to thank Sean for lending a helping hand and some emotional
support.  As is so often the case, I usually figure things out once I have
invited the world to help me, as if I will be embarrased if someone else figures
out my problem!   Well, suffice it to say that after re-installing the beta (ver
4) a couple more times, things did fall into place and now I am running basic
user authentication against a Postgres database (for usernames and passwords).
If there was one or more points of confusion, one was whether I should be
including tomcat.conf or tomcat-apache.conf.   Currently I am doing the former.
The other point of confusion for me was that I didn't realize that if I start
Tomcat on port 8080, that the webapp wouldn't be accessible from my domain name
and, vice versa, if I start it from 8007, then the webapp wouldn't be accessible
from localhost:8080.   I hadn't realized that because up until this time I had
both ports up and running.  Silly me.  It's great to have a working web server
again!  Thanks again to Sean and Tomcat Team.

greg wrote:

> Thanks Sean, but I do not think that solves my problem.  I've noticed that
> when I access Apache (checking out /var/log/access.log), that whenever I do
> not add the '/' slash to the end of a directory name, then Apache seemingly
> puts one in there for me and re-executes the page.  In any case, I have tested
> my server with localhost:8080/myWebApp/  and it hasn't changed things.  In
> fact, I am having more problems with access through my domain name than with
> the localhost.  Maybe I'm just all burned out.  Thanks for trying to help
> though.  I appreciate the genuine interest.
> Sean Schofield wrote:
> > This sort of sounds like a problem I was having.  Basically I couldn't get
> > to various apps (including the examples) one through Apache-Tomcat but I
> > could get them fine through Tomcat standalone (port 8080) but didn't work
> > when I was running Apache and Tomcat together and hitting port 80.
> >
> > I accidentally stumbled upon the solution when I was trying the links from
> > the Jakarta welcome page (on 8080) and then just highlighted the ':8080' in
> > the URL and deleted it.  It worked!  The difference was that the URL had an
> > extra '/' at the end.  Try 'localhost:8080/myWebApp/' with an extra '/' at
> > the end.
> >
> > Let me know if it worked.
> >
> > - schof
> >
> > At 04:42 PM 9/25/00 -0400, you wrote:
> > >I am trying to reinstall Tomcat, in particular the beta 4, ver 3.2.
> > >Whoever decided that not having basic security implemented and working
> > >correctly in 3.1 made a mistake, imo.  The advice has been to try using
> > >one of the betas, but this isn't a way that people can build their own
> > >production systems using Tomcat.  Seeing that something so basic as user
> > >authentication was not working, I think the prudent thing to do would
> > >have been to go back and re-release 3.1 with this vital feature
> > >working.  Indeed, for many people, there is no version 3.1 if there is
> > >no user authentication in 3.1.
> > >
> > >Biting the bullet, I have spent the last several days trying to get the
> > >beta to work on my machine, not knowing what to expect next.  I am
> > >having several problems.  The shutdown script is not working.  But the
> > >real misfortune so far is that I am having difficulty even accessing my
> > >application.   I try variously with 8080 and 8007 ports, and I have
> > >tried re-installing Tomcat twice, and even copied back my ORIGINAL
> > >Tomcat 3.1 installation, which had been working fine, and now I get this
> > >behaviour:
> > >
> > >localhost:8080/myWebApp -> works when Tomcat is set to 8080, doesn't
> > >when Tomcat is set to 8007.
> > > -> "403 Forbidden: You don't have access to
> > >myWebApp on this server
> > >
> > >I've checked all the file and directory rights I can think of.  Could
> > >Tomcat have permanently unsettled my Apache environment?  The weird
> > >thing is that my first installation of the beta was going along
> > >more-or-less smoothly until I added a security-constraint to myWebApp's
> > >web.xml file.  Ever since then, I have been contending with 'forbidden'
> > >errors.  Versions of Tomcat have come and gone on my server, as I
> > >attempt to regain a stable environment, and yet the song remains the
> > >same.
> > >
> > >Apologies to the Tomcat folks for my rant.  Up until now I have been
> > >hunky dory, but I have some production stuff I have to get out the door.

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