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From Mark Thomas <>
Subject Re: Tomcat mapping of URLs -> servlets
Date Wed, 03 Dec 2008 17:18:42 GMT
André Warnier wrote:
> Caldarale, Charles R wrote:
>>> From: André Warnier []
>>> Subject: Re: Tomcat mapping of URLs -> servlets
>>> At deployment time thus (in my hypothetical case above when
>>> Tomcat starts and finds a such webapps top dir), does it
>>> recursively go through the webapp dirs and subdirs, to
>>> determine what is a webapp and what is not ?
>> No, that's not necessary; only .war files and directories immediately
>> under a <Host>'s appBase along with any <Context> elements with
>> non-redundant docBase attributes are webapps.
> Ok, thanks.
> So, in my admittedly forced earlier example, only /foo would be
> recognised as a webapp, and even /foo/bar would not be.
> Except if there was, for /foo/bar, an appropriate <Context> element,
> inside a foo#bar.xml file, itself located under
> (tomcat_base)/conf/Catalina/(hostname)/
> Have I finally got it right ?

Almost ;)

As of 6.0.18 you can have foo#bar.war or a foo#bar directory in your host's
appBase and they will also be recognised as having a context path of /foo/bar


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