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From Milt Epstein <>
Subject Re: newbie servlet deploy question
Date Fri, 02 Mar 2001 05:27:35 GMT
On Thu, 1 Mar 2001, Jason Novotny wrote:

> I would like to be able to access a servlet with the URL
> http://localhost:8080/demo
> However, it only works if I go to
> http://localhost:8080/demo/servlet/demo
[ ... ]

How timely!  I just joined the list yesterday, and this is exactly one
of the questions I was going to ask, since I'm trying to do the same
thing.  I have managed to get close to what I want, but not quite.

I tried some similar things as you with a context in the server.xml
and with servlet names and mappings in web.xml without luck.

However, I did find this question in the FAQ-o-matic at

It's a bit cryptic, but it suggests two ways of doing this: One, have
an index page (jsp or html) that does a redirect to the servlet, or
two, use Apache's mod_rewrite.

Now, I tried the first of these, using both a META Refresh in an
index.html file and a RequestDispatcher forward() in an index.jsp
file, and it basically worked either way.  That is, it got it to the
right place from just a "http://localhost/demo" URL.  The problem is
that it changed the Location to "http://localhost/demo/servlet/demo",
which I'd like to avoid.

Now, I'm not familiar with mod_rewrite (and I don't currently have it
installed), so I don't know if it provides a cleaner way to do this
and/or avoids the above problem.  Maybe you or someone else here knows
the answer to that.

Milt Epstein
Research Programmer
Software/Systems Development Group
Computing and Communications Services Office (CCSO)
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)

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