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From "Jeffrey Janner" <>
Subject RE: Subdomains and Wars...
Date Thu, 22 Oct 2009 22:15:19 GMT
OK time to pick nits here!

I really wish folks would quit referring to these things as subdomains -
they're not!  They are hostnames!  Only if I can type is a subdomain.  Otherwise,
it's a host.  Plain and simple.  I don't care what some idiot trying to
sell nothing for something tells you.

It really helps things on this list if we all agree to use the correct,
specified terminology to avoid confusion.  That terminology has been
worked out over years to avoid confusion and so we are all conversing
with common terms for specific concepts.

These are spelled out in various approved documents like RFCs, Servlet
Specs, etc.  Please read them.

I think this is about the 4th time this week I've seen the topic come up
and it's gotten really annoying. Even this post generated over 20
responses (so far).

Now if someone can find me an "official" definition of this use of the
term subdomain, I'll retract this rant. (And no, The Google, Yahoo, and
GoDaddy aren't official sources.)

p.s. Yes, I'm well aware that I occasionally use non-spec terminology.
I'm working on it.
p.p.s. Am I wrong, but shouldn't it be spelled "sub-domain"?

-----Original Message-----
From: Tony Anecito [] 
Sent: Wednesday, October 21, 2009 1:11 PM
To: Tomcat Users Group
Subject: Subdomains and Wars...


How would one associate the static content within a WAR with a subdomain
when using subdomains assigned to directories? Is the location that the
war is exploded to known well enough that it can be done?



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