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From Juergen Weber <>
Subject HTTP-less GenericServlets - Was: Socket Servlet using Tomcat 5.5.17
Date Fri, 02 Jun 2006 17:50:42 GMT
I have quite a similar problem as the original poster.

I'd like to write a router for CORBA messages that
should listen on a socket and forward the messages to
JMS. Same as the OP I would like to host the code in
Tomcat, to avoid having to handle all the threading
and socket issues and still more importantly, to not
have an additional process that would have to be

I think, the Servlet API originally was designed to
support http-less Servlets, else the separation
between GenericServlet
HttpServlet would not make sense.

>From the Servlet API doc:
"Defines a generic, protocol-independent servlet. To
write an HTTP servlet GenericServlet for use on the
Web, extend HttpServlet instead."

So, the problem is, right now it seems that Tomcat
does not support GenericServlet, at least there is no
way to call them without a http header line. Or ist

An easy way were to just define a special non-http
connector that listens on a separate port.

The option to just add a "GET / HTTP/1.0" as was
suggested would not work as a CORBA client certainly
will not send that line.

Supporting http-less GenericServlets would open up
Tomcat to another class of applications.


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