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From Bill Winspur <>
Subject Virtual Hosting Questions
Date Wed, 17 Nov 2004 18:52:45 GMT
I need to set up a few virtual hosts for a development project, and 
being new to Tomcat virtual hosts, have a couple of questions:
1. In development, the clients and tomcat will be on an intranet. I plan 
to use the hosts files of the client and tomcat boxes to map domain 
names to IP addresses, thereby preempting invocation of DNS, and thus 
exposure of our product-specific domain names to the Internet at-large, 
until the site is deployed publicly.

Question 1: Is this hosts-file approach feasible? Does tomcat care HOW 
domain names
are mapped to IP addresses?
The following fragment is extracted from conf/server.xml of the the 
tomcat distribution:

<Host name="localhost" debug="0" appBase="webapps"
          unpackWARs="true" autoDeploy="true"
          xmlValidation="false" xmlNamespaceAware="false">
    <Logger className="org.apache.catalina.logger.FileLogger"
              directory="logs"  prefix="localhost_log." suffix=".txt"

Question 2: Why is the host named localhost? From the documentation, I 
expected that only URL's of the form http://localhost:8080/... would be 
handled by this virtual host, but it seems to handle any URL's that map 
to the IP and port of the real host that tomcat serves.
Question 3: How would one configure a 'local' virtual host, i.e. a host 
visible only on the box that runs tomcat?

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