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From Konstantin Kolinko <>
Subject Re: [OT] 400 error when a request does not map to a context
Date Wed, 26 Jan 2011 16:10:57 GMT
2011/1/26 André Warnier <>:
> By the way, having had my curiosity triggered by what Chris was reporting, I
> scanned the Servlet Spec 3.0 for mentions of the "ROOT" (default) context,
> and could not really find much of relevance.
> Namely, it does not mention that one is required.  Is it ?
> And it also does not mention webapps/ROOT as being a default context, or
> even as corresponding necessarily to the "top of the URL space".
> So, my question is : is "webapps/ROOT" purely a Tomcat thing, or did I miss
> something in the Servlet Spec ?

It is just the context that is mapped to path "". Naming it "ROOT" is
a Tomcat convention.

Technically, you can put <Context> element into server.xml and use any
name there.

Best regards,
Konstantin Kolinko

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