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From Chris Mooring <>
Subject Overlapping contexts?
Date Mon, 23 Jan 2006 10:21:37 GMT
Hi All,

I was just wondering if it is possible to have "overlapping contexts"? I am
not sure if this will make sense so I'll try and explain it with a little

Basically, I'd like to be able to have two *similar* URL's map to separate
locations on the filesystem;

localhost/myapp/index.jsp (refers to C:\myapp\index.jsp)
localhost/myapp/external/index.jsp (refers to Z:\otherapp\index.jsp)

Ideally, I'd like to achieve this using Tomcat's

<Context path="/myapp" docBase="C:/myapp" 
... >
<Context path="/myapp/external" docBase="Z:/otherapp/" 
... >

element in server.xml. The important part here is that both contexts begin
with /myapp!

However, the last time I tried this, I had several different errors when
Tomcat started up. I believe this may be due to the fact that with Tomcat
5.5 and above you shouldn't have context tags in server.xml. Therefore, I
tried similar things in conf/context.xml with much similar results (errors).
I then tried separate context files in C:\tomcat5\work\Catalina\localhost
but this didn't work either. 

Can someone tell me if what I am trying to do is possible? If so, a hint in
the right direction would also be appreciated ;)


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