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From Filip Hanik - Dev Lists <>
Subject Re: Can Tomcat be used as a servlet container for non-http servlets?
Date Fri, 16 Nov 2007 18:27:55 GMT
Sean Nagle wrote:
> Where can I get more information about the design and use of Tomcat in
> regards to non-http servlet applications? I tried searching in the mailing
> list archives for "non http" and found this thread:
> This thread was from April 2000 and Tomcat 3.x and the developers were still
> trying to figure out the architecture of generic vs. http servlets.
> I am interested in writing a servlet that would derive from GenericServlet
> and I am wondering if I will be able to use Tomcat as the servlet container.
> My application would doesn't have anything to do with email or ftp or the
> like. What I would like to do is something similar to JSP but instead of the
> response being html it would be instructions to run a CNC machine
> Other google searches have not turned up much information about how to use
> Tomcat in this way.
> If it is not currently designed for such a purpose,
Tomcat currently only supports two protocols HTTP and AJP. What protocol 
did you want to use?
>  would it be possible to
> modify or extend Tomcat so that it would be able to?
yes it is, but it's not trivial. It would depend on what protocol you 
want to use.

> Thanks in advance for any help
> Sean Nagle
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