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From Konstantin Kolinko <>
Subject Re: adding a global URI prefix for Tomcat web apps
Date Tue, 17 Apr 2012 20:49:07 GMT
2012/4/18 ron.vandenbranden@home <>:
> Hi Konstantin,
> Many thanks for your excellent suggestion. Sorry, I forgot to mention that
> I'm running Tomcat-7.0.27, so that should work.
> On 17/04/2012 17:27, Konstantin Kolinko wrote:
>> I would not comment on the Apache HTTP server configuration. Just on
>> the quoted part above. You have not told us what Tomcat version you
>> are using, but in current Tomcat 6 and 7 you can add "apps#" prefix to
>> the subdirectory and war file names in webapps directory and it will
>> add "apps/" to their URL, e.g.:
>>  mv  webapps/my_app  webapps/apps#my_app
>> A war file name would be "apps#my_app.war" See "Context" page in
>> "Configuration Reference Guide" for more details.
> Nice! In my tests this works for some web apps, but apparently, some (using
> cocoon-2.1.11) have problems. Any request for cococoon-2.1.11-based web apps
> return errors about files that are not found. For example, suppose my app is
> located at F:\tomcat\webapps\apps#my_app, requests for
> http://localhost:8080/apps/my_app/ return errors such as:
>    Message: F:\tomcat\webapps\stylesheets\system\exception2html.xslt (The
> system cannot find the path specified)
>    Description: org.apache.cocoon.ProcessingException: Unable to get
> transformer handler for
> file:///F:/tomcat/webapps/stylesheets/system/exception2html.xslt
> at<map:serialize>  -
> file:///F:/tomcat/webapps/apps#my_app/sitemap.xmap:922:53 at<map:transform>
>  - file:///F:/tomcat/webapps/apps#my_app/sitemap.xmap:917:79 at<map:generate
> type="exception">  -
> file:///F:/tomcat/webapps/apps#my_app/sitemap.xmap:916:51
>    Sender: org.apache.cocoon.servlet.CocoonServlet
>    Source: Cocoon Servlet
>    cause
> F:\tomcat\webapps\stylesheets\system\exception2html.xslt (The system cannot
> find the path specified)
> Does this imply that this 'hash' prefix is still experimental, depending on
> the web app?

No. It is Cocoon that is broken.

There is File -> URL conversion somewhere that does not encode
characters properly, and '#' should be %-encoded if it is in an URL.

Last time it was discussed on this list was several years ago. Either
it is a rare use case, or it is just already fixed.

Best regards,
Konstantin Kolinko

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