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From Patrick Flaherty <>
Subject Re: Tomcat Filter Mapping Issue
Date Sat, 09 Jan 2010 22:33:41 GMT

Although adding ROOT of my appBase fixed my Filter mapping issue, I'm  
guessing that I need to
put every bit of my app (all classes, libs etc ....) into that ROOT  
folder, correct ?

So then if I decide to deploy another app in a virtual host say for  
instance :

Host Name :   appBase=c:/app123

If that has a folder called proofs that I want filter mapping hits  
on, do I
created a ROOT folder off of my appBase (ie  c:/app123/ROOT) and put
every bit of my app (all classes, libs etc ....) into that ROOT folder ?

I'm sorry to belabor the point. I know that adding the ROOT folder  
fixed my
initial problem but I not sure if that is because when only running 1  
host it
should be called ROOT or is it that every Host needs to have a ROOT  
off of it's appBase and everything should bit of the app should be  
put in there.

It seems the ROOT folder was the key here but before we wanted to add  
mapping app worked fine when appBase is what we deemed to be the web
root for the app. It has worked well like that for years.

Is there a hard and fast rule about deployment that I'm missing ?  
If there is. it seems to revolve around having a ROOT folder for each  
app maybe ?

Any more enlightenment would be appreciated.

Thanks once again.


On Jan 9, 2010, at 3:28 PM, Christopher Schultz wrote:

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> Patrick,
> On 1/8/2010 6:17 PM, Patrick Flaherty wrote:
>> Thanks a lot. I added a ROOT folder off my appBase and cut and pasted
>> everything under that ROOT folder
>> and now I am getting filter mapping hits with my ! We are not
>> deploying correctly and this sheds all the
>> light on that fact.
> Proper deployment is always a good idea. Then, everything works  
> properly :)
>> Curiously I was not able to get to , I got  
>> a 404.
>> But I am able to get to other files off the root as expected.
>> Maybe Tomcat has it's own filter mapping for /WEB-INF/web.xml ? I  
>> could
>> not get to any file in /META-INF/* either ?
> If you deployed correctly under webapps/ROOT, then the WEB-INF folder
> and its contents should be protected by the DefaultServlet and should
> return a 404: this is expected behavior.
> If you have webapps/WEB-INF/web.xml, then I'd expect you to be able to
> successfully request /WEB-INF/web.xml because /WEB-INF looks like a
> context to Tomcat. It's possible that Tomcat actively protects
> [appBase]/WEB-INF similar to protecting a real webapp's WEB-INF
> directory, but it is not required to do so.
> - -chris
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