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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.
I agree. Here's the link:
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