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From John Laughton <>
Subject RE: serving content from outside the context
Date Wed, 12 Oct 2005 16:11:13 GMT
Thanks for the suggestions
I didn't really want to run Apache, especially as I have tomcat (which is 
suppose to be a web server - I thought ?)

For now I have added a file to
This xml file contains

<?xml version='1.0' encoding='utf-8'?>
<Context path = "/myData" docBase="/data/webData">

now I can access http://xx.xx.xx.xx/myData/

In the dir /data/webData, I created a WEB-INF and a WEB-INF/web.xml

I guess what I have done is created a new context in the area of my hard 
drive where the static jpg files exist
The only issue I have is that I expose /data/webData part of my hard drive

At 10:06 AM 10/12/2005 +0100, Arup Vidyerthy wrote:
>Or if you don't want to do what Darryl is suggesting you can configure your
>tomcat to use unix symlinks by setting the allowLinking attribute to true.
>Then you can simply create a softlink inside your webapp directory that
>points to your data directory.
>That will work as well.
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Darryl L. Miles []
>Sent: 12 October 2005 09:59
>To: Tomcat Users List
>Subject: Re: serving content from outside the context
>John Laughton wrote:
> > Hi, I hope this is the right mailing list for this question
> >
> > I am using tomcat 5.0.28
> > I have a simple web app and want to serve up some images in the jsp
> > pages, but the images are outside the context
> >
> > The HTTP statement looks like
> > <tr><td>
> > <img alt="thumb image" src="/data/webData/family/DSC01183.JPG"/>
> > </td></tr>
> >
> > The web app is under /usr/local/tomcat/webapp/family On the browser it
> > only shows "thumb image" as it cannot get to the hyperlink
> > http://xx.xx.xx.xx/data/webData/family/DSC01183.JPG
> > (IP shown as xx.xx.xx.xx for security)
> >
> > I have read a lot about tomcat and figure there must be a way to
> > configure server.xml and/or web.xml to allow this to work, but cannot
> > see it ?
> >
> > It is possible ?
>Are you wanting TC to serve the static files or do you use AJP connector and
>Apache.  The easiest way to serve files from outside is to let Apache serve
>them and configure up AJP connector, then mount the entire content or just
>*.jsp pages to TC.
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