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From "Craig R. McClanahan" <>
Subject RE: RewriteRules and Standalone Tomcat
Date Thu, 09 Jan 2003 02:06:59 GMT

On Wed, 8 Jan 2003, Turner, John wrote:

> Date: Wed, 8 Jan 2003 20:33:50 -0500
> From: "Turner, John" <>
> Reply-To: Tomcat Users List <>
> To: 'Tomcat Users List' <>
> Subject: RE: RewriteRules and Standalone Tomcat
> No problem, glad to help.  Remember, Tomcat is not a HTTP server.  It
> supports HTTP as a matter of convenience.  You can run Tomcat all day long
> without a HTTP or HTTPS connector, and as far as I know, there is nothing in
> the spec that says Tomcat has to meet certain requirements for HTTP or
> HTTPS.  CoyoteConnector is HTTP/1.1 compliant, but again, that's more for
> convenience and compatibility than a design requirement.

Auoting from Servlet Specification, Version 2.3, Section 1.2:

    All servlet containers must support HTTP as a protocol
    for requests and responses, but additional request/response
    based protocols (such as HTTPS (HTTP over SSL) may be
    supported.  The minimum required version of the HTTP
    specification that a container must implement is HTTP/1.0.
    It is strongly suggested that containers implement the
    HTTP/1.1 specification as well.

So, a servlet container (which is either Tomcat standalone or
Tomcat+Apache) *must* support HTTP.

> I'm sure the folks on tomcat-dev could shed some more light on it.

Of course, this statement does nothing to resolve the issue of what the
right welcome file behavior is -- the HTTP spec is silent about that :-).

> John


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