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From "Parsons Technical Services" <>
Subject Re: Apache, Tomcat, WebDAV, and Web Folders... Oh, my!
Date Tue, 11 Jan 2005 04:29:44 GMT
It may be that the login request is not getting back to you intact. Do you 
have another app that is protected and triggers a login prompt? Like the 
manager app. If not hit me off list and I will give you a URL to try.

If all else fails, would form auth over SSL work? Just a thought, yeah I 
know, and so are nightmares.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Garret Wilson" <>
To: "tomcat-user" <>
Sent: Monday, January 10, 2005 11:12 PM
Subject: Apache, Tomcat, WebDAV, and Web Folders... Oh, my!

> I've written a custom WebDAV servlet which works fine configured on 
> Windows XP Professional localhost with Tomcat 5.5.4.
> I upload everything to a . The 
> domain is served on Red Hat 6 by Apache 2.0.49, which forwards to Tomcat 
> using ProxyPass and ProxyPassReverse.
> I try to connect via Microsoft Windows XP Professional Web Folders. (My 
> WebDAV servlet works around all the various Microsoft redirection bugs, 
> and works fine with Web Folders on localhost.) Web Folders doesn't 
> recognize the folder. I whip out Ethereal, and here's what I find:
> User agent "Microsoft Data Access Internet Publishing Provider Protocol 
> Discovery" sends an HTTP OPTIONS request to "/". Apache sends back a 200 
> OK. Then Microsoft Web Folders sends an OPTIONS request to 
> /webapp/webdav/. My servlet sends back a 401 Unauthorized, asking for 
> digest credentials. So far, so good.
> Then Microsoft Web Folders starts over again, sending an HTTP OPTIONS 
> request to "/", and then an OPTIONS request to /webapp/webdav/ (never 
> asking me for my username/password), until it finally gives up and says 
> that there must not be a valid WebDAV server at the requested location.
> Why doesn't Microsoft Web Folders ask my for my password? Why does it 
> ignore the 401 Unauthorized and go back to asking for OPTIONS on the root? 
> Does this have something to do with using Apache to proxy to Tomcat? Why 
> did a non-proxied Tomcat work find on my Windows XP Professional machine?
> (If it has anything to do with it, I'm testing this in a cafe going 
> through Surf and Sip WiFi.)
> Thanks in advance for any insight.
> Garret
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