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From Walker Chris <>
Subject RE: connectors documents
Date Wed, 01 Oct 2003 10:20:09 GMT
Sadly, I have to agree with Mark.

Last week Tim Funk suggested I RTFAQ to find out why not to use mod_webapp.
Though well-meant, this suggestion was regrettable from my point of view as
I was 24 hours from a go-live with webapp (having read in a
highly-recommended Tomcat book that webapp is the only way to go).  So I
spent a day trying to get mod_jk(2) to work on my server (Sun Cobalt Raq550,
Apache 1.3, Tomcat 4.1), followed by a night putting webapp back.

Unless I've missed an important part, the JK section on the Tomcat site is
frustratingly vague.  There are lots of snippets from config files, but
there's no hard specification of what the elements in these files do and how
they inter-relate.  Examples are useful, but examples alone are like giving
a hungry man a fish rather than a rod.

I know this stuff is all produced by magnificent voluntary effort, and I
also know that documentation is the armpit (to be polite) of software
development.  But if the software isn't well-documented then the effort that
went into producing it is largely wasted...



-----Original Message-----
From: Mark Lowe []
Sent: 01 October 2003 10:13
To: Tomcat Developers List
Subject: Re: connectors documents

Yeah i know,
I did.. and now i'm trying a cheeky question to the dev list..

They seem to be more interested in other stuff on the user list..

Given that both tomcat and apache are so great i'm surprised that they 
continue to be plagued by this connector business. How many years now? 
, I'm not sure, but if there was reason not to use these technologies 
then connectors would be it..

I thought a mail to the folks who are involved with this stuff could be 
the way forward. Its great to see an example on jk2 and vhosts , it 
would be even better if it worked.

So to repeat my question on both lists..

Is there any documentation, on jk, jk2 or mod_webapp that explains 
configuring vhosts in a sensible manner that doesn't just go as far as 
http://domain/webappname .. because frankly that bit is easy, and 
suffers from chocolate fire-guard syndrome in terms of it utility.

If not i would be eternally grateful if anyone could take me through 
this, especially if you have a real server in the real world , really 
doing this.. I dont care which connector, protocol whatever. If this 
does work and if i'm being a dofuss then feedback would be useful..

does this work? Looks like there are 3 files that need amending just to 
administer it, but i'll live with it.. So far apache cant find the I have no idea why or how to find out why..

Many thanks in advance


On Wednesday, October 1, 2003, at 09:47 AM, David Rees wrote:

> On Wed, October 1, 2003 at 1:18 am, Mark Lowe sent the following
>> Despite using tomcat for 3-4 years jakarta connectors has remained the
>> moving goal post. I dont usually have the pleasure of having to get
>> tomcat and apache talking to one another, but i do now.
> <snip>
> Subject is really for tomcat-users list.  Post the question there and 
> I'll
> try to answer.
> -Dave
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