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From "Shapira, Yoav" <>
Subject RE: Location: redirection
Date Mon, 15 Nov 2004 20:30:50 GMT


>We're using perl within tomcat 4.1.27. The perl scripts run all right,
>but the redirections don't work at all.

Using an external mechanism (such as a CGI perl scripts in your case)
for redirection in Tomcat is tricky at best, and doomed to failure at
worst.  The reason is that the script is not really part of the servlet
request/response pipeline.  Rather, it is invoked as an exec by a Tomcat
servlet (in your case, the CGI servlet that ships with Tomcat, I

That servlet can easily do a response redirect or request forward, but
the script cannot.

Accordingly, if you stick with the script at all, modify it to return
the redirection URL, and have the servlet (a custom extension to the CGI
Servlet that ships with Tomcat probably) read and act upon this URL by
doing the redirection.


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