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From "Remy Maucherat" <>
Subject Re: http 302 issue on tomcat 4.0.1
Date Tue, 04 Jun 2002 05:23:07 GMT
> Yes, this is true.  Also, a request to /foo which becomes /foo/index.jsp
> would also screw up relative links.
> I believe the following behavior would do what people want 99% of the
> time while still not screwing up the scenario you mentioned or the one I
> mentioned above (forgive the pythonic pseudocode):
> if matchingWelcomeFile.equals("a/b.jsp"): //if the welcome file has a
> slash in it
>   redirect( pathRequest + [forwardSlash if needed] + "a/" )
> else:
>   if pathRequested.endWith('/'):
>       redispatch // see below for meaning
>   else:
>       pathRequest += '/'
>       redirect( pathRequest )
> This only does redirects when necessary to preserve relative link
> meanings, and does not make so the redirected URL contains the
> welcome-file filename in any circumstance.  This is what people prob.
> want, since if people bookmark "/shoppingCart", they'll still have the
> right URL even if people switch from .jsp to .xtp or whatever....
>  Incidentally, this is the behavior that Resin has--I checked.
> I believe that this code shouldn't be in  It should
> be in the code that maps the request to a servlet.   I think this is
> clear from the spec ( SRV.9.10 ):  If no matching welcome file is found
> in the manner described, the container may handle the request in a
> manner it finds suitable. For some configurations this may mean invoking
> a default file servlet, or returning a directory listing. For other
> configurations it may return a 404 response.
> So by redispatch, I mean 'pretend that the changed path is what was
> originally requested'.  This should be easy to do in the wrapper mapping
> ocde.
> Since I won't be forwarding ( since I won't be handling this in
> DefaultServlet ) your security constraint problems should be allayed.
> And I think I can fix the 'mapping welcome files onto servlet' problem
> while I'm at it.
> Comments?

We can try it, but it will still cause problems with nested welcome files
and relative paths.

If you can implement it well, that would be cool.


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