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From Milt Epstein <>
Subject RE: Connecting Tomcat 4.1.12 with Apache 1.3
Date Wed, 11 Dec 2002 22:19:04 GMT
On Wed, 11 Dec 2002, Denise Mangano wrote:

> Just an after thought here... Even though I can access the JSP from
> my web site in Apache, I just tried to access it through the
> https:// protocol.  It just hung and did not load. Do I have to
> configure something in Tomcat to allow for SSL connection to the
> JSP's?  I am looking at Jakarta's site and it is saying that when
> using Tomcat as a standalone server, SSL has to be configured.  But
> when running Tomcat primarily as a Servlet/JSP container behind
> another web server, such as Apache the SSL is configured on the web
> server, which it is (I already have a certificate).  What am I
> missing?  The only time I will need to access Tomcat from my web
> site is over a secure connection.

That's basically correct.  The thing is, you have to place the
appropriate Tomcat connector-related directives in the appropriate
section(s) of your Apache httpd.conf file to make sure Apache knows
what to pass to Tomcat.  For example, if you have SSL set up, and you
have a section of your httpd.conf that deals with your https/SSL
instance (perhaps as a virtual host), you have to put the appropriate
connector-related directives in that section.  If you put them in the
root (i.e. http) section, they'll only apply to the root instance.

I don't know exactly what your setup is, like what connector, so I
can't be more specific.  If you're using mod_jk, for example, you'd
have to place appropriate JkMount directives in the https/SSL instance
section of your httpd.conf.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Denise Mangano []
> Sent: Wednesday, December 11, 2002 4:29 PM
> To: 'Tomcat Users List'
> Subject: RE: Connecting Tomcat 4.1.12 with Apache 1.3
> Thank you so much for getting back to me about that.  I have just been
> trying to read up on the mod_jk, and was hoping there was another option.
> I do have one more question though related to running JSP with Tomcat.  If I
> make my entire form JSP, and run from within Tomcat, and after it
> communicates with the payment server, an updated JSP page will be displayed
> (depending on the data received from the bank).   Would I still have to make
> the connection between Apache and Tomcat?  It would basically be a link from
> my website to the form, which will be JSP.  I put up a dummy page and had a
> link to one of the example JSP that came with Tomcat.  The link worked Ok,
> and the servlet ran fine.
> Thanks again!
> Denise Mangano
> Help Desk Analyst
> Complus Data Innovations, Inc.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jerry Ford []
> Sent: Wednesday, December 11, 2002 3:39 PM
> To: Tomcat Users List
> Subject: Re: Connecting Tomcat 4.1.12 with Apache 1.3
> BTW, the configuration lines that go in httpd.conf for webapp are
> entirely different than what is required for mod_jk.  They serve the
> same function, but they are entirely different connectors.  It will take
> some reading to make the transition.
> Jerry
> Jerry Ford wrote:
> > Denise:
> >
> > I have just got my Apache 1.3.27/Tomcat 4.1.12 connection to work.
> >
> > Answers to your questions are yes, and yes.  You need a connector
> > between them, and is one such connector.
> >
> > However, I had a devil of a time locating any connector on the
> > website, and I never was able to make mod_jk work (I tried
> > using the version that did work with my Tomcat 3.2 installation, but
> > it did not work with 4.1 and I was not able to locate mod_jk---any
> > version---on the apache website in order to rebuild).
> >
> > I ended up using, which is another connector.
> >
> > It's located in the jakarta-tomcat-connectors-4.1.12-src.tar.gz, which
> > you can download from
> >
> > c/
> > (the same directory as tomcat itself).
> >
> > When you unpack it, look for README.txt in the webapp directory. It
> > will tell you how to build the connector from CVS.  Follow the
> > directions in the readme.  They're clear, straightforward, and the
> > build process was smooth and routine, for me at least. Jerry
> >
> > <
> > rc/jakarta-tomcat-connectors-4.1.12-src.tar.gz>
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > Denise Mangano wrote:
> >
> >> Hi all,
> >>
> >> I am fairly new to using Apache / Tomcat. I currently have my website
> >> set up in Apache, running in the /var/html directory. I have
> >> installed Tomcat because I have a form page (HTML) that I want to run
> >> a servlet with to process a credit card payment with an outside
> >> payment processor. I have seen
> >> some instances that people have stated I have to do some special
> >> configuration in order to use both Apache and Tomcat together. Is
> >> this so?
> >> If so, then are there any good resources for this?
> >>
> >> Perhaps using JSP for the form will be better because I want a custom
> >> page to display depending on what error message will come back from
> >> the payment
> >> engine.  If that is the case then wouldn't I need the connection between
> >> Apache and Tomcat? (the images I will need for the JSP page is stored in
> >> apache web directory as well).  Is this the mod_jk plug in? (I am
> >> running
> >> RedHat Linux 7.3)
> >>
> >> Thanks in advance!
> >>
> >> Denise Mangano
> >> Help Desk Analyst
> >> Complus Data Innovations, Inc.

Milt Epstein
Research Programmer
Integration and Software Engineering (ISE)
Campus Information Technologies and Educational Services (CITES)
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)

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