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From "Craig R. McClanahan" <>
Subject Re: Doubt about getRequestURI() behavior
Date Tue, 07 Aug 2001 00:13:40 GMT

On Mon, 6 Aug 2001, Hector Adolfo Alonso wrote:

> I have a doubt:
>    Suppose you have configured Tomcat server in host "a.b.c" in port "8081".
>    Suppose you have set an application with a context named "/" in this server.
>    Suppose you have developed a servlet acting as a http proxy, and you have set
> a request mapping as "/" for it (you can map "*.jsp" for this servlet too).
>    Then, suppose you have configured your web browser using a http proxy at
> server "a.b.c" and port "8081".
>    When you access any site with this browser, you are using this servlet.
>    Here is my doubt. I'm not getting "my" expected reply with getRequestURI().
> If I access, the first line in HTTP request generete by the
> browser, looks as: GET HTTP/1.1
>    According with Servelet 2.2 API description, this method have to return
> information taken for the request first line, buy I'm getting:
> http:/ instead of
>    What could be wrong ? I'm using Tomcat 3.2.3, JDK 1.3.1, Win NT 4.0 SP 6a.
>    Thanks.

IIRC, Tomcat 3.2 doesn't support absolute URLs like this in the HTTP
request line at all.  Tomcat 4.0 does, but only for URLs that resolve to
hosts and webapps inside this Tomcat instance.

Tomcat doesn't implement the complete functionality of a proxy server.
Although it would be an interesting exercise to make this work, I would be
more inclined to use some already-existing proxy server like squid.

> Hector Adolfo Alonso
> Consist Teleinformatica

Craig McClanahan

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