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From "Colin H" <hawk...@gmail.com>
Subject Something other than localhost on OS X
Date Tue, 24 Jul 2007 12:07:16 GMT
Hi,

    I am trying to do something that I figure should be pretty simple -
accessing my tomcat container from something other than localhost.  So far
as I can tell, I should be adding a <Host/> entry to server.xml with the
host I want to access tomcat as.  On OS X, hosts in the local subnet can be
accessed as <hostname>.local - so, for example, typing 'ssh
someuser@host2.local' on host1 will ssh to host2 authenticating as someuser
(this is working - i.e. host2.local can be resolved form host1).  If you
type 'hostname' on host1, it returns 'host1.local'

   So the scenario is that I have tomcat deployed and working on host2 port
8080, and want to access it from host1.  I don't want to muck around with
apache and mod_jk etc.  Been there many times before, always find it
annoying.  In any case, I shouldn't need to, as far as I can tell, as tomcat
should be able to do the job.  I am adding the following to the
server.xmlfile, after the <Host name="localhost" .... /> entry -

<Host name="host2.local" autoDeploy="false" deployOnStartup="false"
deployXML="false" configClass="
org.jboss.web.tomcat.security.config.JBossContextConfig">
    <Valve className="org.jboss.web.tomcat.service.jca.CachedConnectionValve"
cachedConnectionManagerObjectName="jboss.jca:service=CachedConnectionManager"
transactionManagerObjectName="jboss:service=TransactionManager" />
</Host>

and would like the following URL

'http://host2.local:8080/<context>' to work from host1.  '
http://localhost:8080/<context>' already works from a browser on host2.

I realise I am using the tomcat embedded within JBoss, but it should be the
same - I have the following specific questions

1.  Is this the right approach in general (ignoring specific of JBooss or
whatever)?
2.  Is there something tricky about the OS X host naming mechanisms that
could be causing me some problems?
3.  Any other ideas why this might not be working?

Thanks,

Colin

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