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From Stephen Caine <>
Subject Re: Removing the port identifier
Date Wed, 15 Aug 2007 13:22:36 GMT

Thank you for your response.  Apart from using iptables (which may or  
may not work in OS X), the Tomcat setup link, "http://", seems to be the best  
way to go.
> the only way to get rid of the port number is to have something  
> listening on :443 (that's the way browsers are, sorry), and then  
> hand requests over to tomcat, so to get what you want something  
> will have to bind to :443 at some point, requiring root privs. What  
> you want is something that will bind to the port as a privileged  
> user and subsequently drop priv's to a limited user. the Apache web  
> server is excellent for this kind of thing.
> The easiest way to do this would be with apache sitting in front of  
> tomcat with either mod_jk2 or forwarding requests with mod_rewrite.  
> It doesn't really matter where the port forwarder sits, but usually  
> you want to align with existing IT infrastructure and use an  
> existing internal/internet web server to redirect requests to your  
> app. If your company already has apache then this is a cinch,  
> otherwise you'll have to figure out how to reverse-proxy with the  
> web server du jour...
> Is this close to what you're after?

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