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From "Mead, Jen L" <>
Subject RE: very basic question about apache and tomcat
Date Wed, 19 Sep 2012 21:52:04 GMT
That was very insightful.  All the documentation that I am looking into specifies apache as
the application.  Maybe, just maybe the server.xml file will contain what I need to move forward.
 The lack of documentation for what I am trying to do is frustrating.  I am not even sure
I can do it without loading apache with or instead of tomcat.  Thanks for the info.

-----Original Message-----
From: David A. Rush [] 
Sent: Wednesday, September 19, 2012 2:45 PM
Subject: Re: very basic question about apache and tomcat

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.


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