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From Christopher Schultz <>
Subject Re: very basic question about apache and tomcat
Date Wed, 19 Sep 2012 23:04:38 GMT
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On 9/19/12 5:45 PM, David A. Rush wrote:
> On 2012-09-19 17:31, Mead, Jen L wrote:
>> My basic question is: do I need to install apache as well as
>> tomcat to have an httpd.conf file?  I have tomcat running on
>> several AIX servers, 6.1 and 5.3, with tomcat 7.0.27 installed.
>> I was doing a simple search to find the httpd.conf file when I
>> realized none of my servers have it installed.  When I try to
>> find out which app creates it I get the answer apache (from
>> google searches).  So I guess that tomcat is a subset of apache?
>> A virtual java app I suppose?  See I told you the questions were
>> basic.  Yikes it is hard to understand as a newbie, especially
>> when I can load tomcat and get web pages working in a few
>> minutes.  LOL
> Tomcat and HTTPD (Apache web server) are two different things,
> though often used together.  Both are projects of the Apache
> Software Foundation.
> Tomcat is capable of running standalone.  It is not a subset of of
> the Apache HTTPD.  For various reasons many folks run Tomcat
> "behind" Apache HTTPD, but that isn't necessary.
> There's overlap between the functionality of Tomcat and HTTPD.
> Whether you need just Tomcat, just HTTPD, or both, depends on what
> you want to do.
> httpd.conf is the typical name of the primary HTTPD configuration
> file (although that may be different depending on who built the
> distribution you're using and on what kind of OS).
> Tomcat uses server.xml as it's primary configuration file.


David, great reply.

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