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What's going on? Servlet mapped: "/" now can't find any images/stylesheets!

Robert Paris
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Joined: Jul 28, 2002
Posts: 585
I mapped my servlet to "/" and now no images or stylesheets can be found. Why is it grabbing every single request to the website? I only wanted it to grab "/" requests, but now it grabs ANY AND ALL requests to anything!
Frank Carver

Joined: Jan 07, 1999
Posts: 6920
Ah, that's an old chestnut.
The spec (still, as of 2.3, at least) implies that a URL pattern ending with '/' is treated as a prefix, and thus a pattern of '/' matches anything and everything.
The usual way to solve it is to define a "welcome-file" in your web.xml which will handle the case of the user supplying just the '/', then map your active content to something else eg.

Then put an "instant redirect" into your welcome file:

This works for me. Apparently in version 2.4 of the servlet API, you can directly specify a servlet as the "welcome-file", so you don't need the jiggery-pokery with the redirect.
I do really wish there was a way of specifying an "exclude pattern" of some sort, so I could say "send everything to my servlet, except URLs beginning with '/images'". Sigh.

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Mark Howard
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Joined: Feb 14, 2001
Posts: 285
Is the web.xml file that you're updating the one in the default ROOT directory, or the one specific to your web app?
I essentially want a url of to fire up a specific servlet in my web application.
I thought I could simply create an index.jsp file that merely forwarded the request to the desired servlet, and get the welcome-file to point to the index.jsp file.
But when I type in I still end up with the default Tomcat index.jsp file
Something is obviously in the wrong place. Can you help?
Thanks a mil
Sam Walker
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Joined: Nov 06, 2002
Posts: 65
I don�t know if this applies to your situation but here is my two cents. If you�re deploying under apache your index.jsp will not get picked up. In that case you need to redirect your request to index.jsp from index.html.
It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
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