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Accessing Tomcat using etc\host

 
Richard Muller
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I can access Tomcat on my workstation through http://localhost:8080 on IE6 over Win2000ProSP2.
I found the etc\hosts file which maps localhost to 127.0.0.1.
I added Tomcat mapped to 127.0.0.1:8080 and tried:
http://Tomcat
This didn't work -- I get the usual:
The page cannot be displayed
Any ideas how I can do this.
 
Tim Holloway
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Yes. Don't do that. 127.0.0.1 should ALWAYS be named "localhost". All sorts of things could break otherwise. In Windows, it may even be hardcoded and ignoring etc\hosts or lmhosts. On any event, unless Win2K has done something uniquely wierd, you can't attach a port ID to a host IP that way anyhow.
If you don't like "http://127.0.0.1:8080" or http://localhost:8080", you can always use the machine's LAN name (look in "My Network Places"). Or get someone to set you up with DNS. However, you STILL have to give the port name, since "http://anything" without a port means Port 80.
If you don't like 8080, shut down whatever webserver might be running there (e.g. IIS) and set up the Tomcat server.xml file to serve at Port 80. Either that, or set up the Port 80 server to pipe to Tomcat the way it's done with an Apache/Tomcat or IIS/Tomcat pairing.
 
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