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From Nikola Milutinovic <>
Subject Re: Use of JSF view in welcome file list
Date Tue, 08 Nov 2005 06:20:04 GMT
Tim Dean wrote:

> Hello,
> I am trying to configure a welcome file list in my Tomcat-deployed   
> web app so that a Java Server Faces (JSF) view is used as the welcome  
> file. My web.xml file contains the following:
>     <welcome-file-list>
>         <welcome-file>main.faces</welcome-file>
>     </welcome-file-list>
> As well as the following JSF servlet configurations:
>     <servlet>
>         <servlet-name>FacesServlet</servlet-name>
>         <servlet-class>javax.faces.webapp.FacesServlet</servlet-class>
>     </servlet>
>     <servlet-mapping>
>         <servlet-name>FacesServlet</servlet-name>
>         <url-pattern>*.faces</url-pattern>
>     </servlet-mapping>
> I have been unable to get this working no matter what I have tried.  
> Whenever I request a directory within the web application's context,  
> Tomcat shows a directory listing instead of the JSF view I've  
> identified in the welcome file list. 

Well, the problem is in the fact that a "list of welcome files" is just 
that, a list of FILES. So, when a URL is requested which is a directory, 
a list of "welcome" files will be looked up in that dir, in the given order.

What you gave was an incomplete Servlet URL mapping and that simply will 
not do for a welcome file list.

Perhaps you could try to setup a different mapping, like


This might clash with directory URL mapping, which should be more 
internal to TC. Or is it handled by the Default Servlet? In that case, 
it would be OK, since this mapping is less general than "*".

Also, note that FacesServlet might not handle this properly, expecting 
the URL to point to some file/path/identifier (I know how Struts would 
see it...) and this might require additional setup in JSF config file 
(mapping that URL to appropriate component).


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