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Servlet Mapping vs Static resource

Devendra Inamdar

Joined: Mar 25, 2006
Posts: 5
Hi Everyone,
I have a static resource which is defined as webapps/myApp/home/index.html and I have defined mapping of a servlet in the same web app with URL pattern as "/home/index.html".
e.g. <servlet-mapping>
If a URL http://host ort/myApp/home/index.html is entered through browser, will it get the static resource index.html or invoke the servlet xyz?

Ben Souther

Joined: Dec 11, 2004
Posts: 13410

Have you tried it?

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mohan kumar r
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Joined: Jan 19, 2006
Posts: 38
it will invoke the servet xyz

Ben Souther

Joined: Dec 11, 2004
Posts: 13410

That the container will choose the servlet-mapping over the static file is the basis for a common work-around for creating a "Welcome File" servlet.

Some containers (older versions of Tomcat) wouldn't allow you to use a servlet as the welcome file. By creating a mapping for, say.. "index.html", putting a blank index.html page on the server and then setting "index.html" as the welcome file, you're able to use a servlet as your intro page.
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