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Beginner's Servlet Not Found Error

Gale Greaser

Joined: Aug 05, 2002
Posts: 17
Hello -
I am attempting to deploy my very first servlet on Tomcat following the directions in "More Servlets and Java Server Pages" by Marty Hall.
This is my Error:
4.0.4 -- "The requested resource(/webapp1/servlet/testservlet.HelloWebApp) is not available."

This is my directory structure:
---webapp1 - HelloWebApp.jsp
------WEB-INF - web.xml
------------testservlet - HelloWebApp.class
I am using the URL:
And I edited the server.xml in the conf directory to include:
- <!-- Tomcat Root Context -->
<Context path="/webapp1" docBase="webapp1" debug="0" />
The HelloWebApp.jsp works just fine - no problems.
Its just the servlet that I'm having difficulties with. I have checked everything I know to check many times... Is there something I am missing?
Perhaps something in the server.xml file?
Much thanks!
Mike Curwen
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Joined: Feb 20, 2001
Posts: 3695

I would not recommend this method of deploying servlets.

Search these forums for 'servlet-mapping' or read up on web.xml file. This is a much better way to do things.

Using the /servlet/* mapping, plus the actual class name of the servlet is a 'lazy' way of deploying servlets.
Anthony Villanueva
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Joined: Mar 22, 2002
Posts: 1055
Let's create a context step by step:
#1 create your context root directory
Let's suppose the name of your Tomcat install directory is catalina.
In C:\catalina\webapps create a new folder, say myContext. Inside myContext, create a WEB-INF folder (all caps). Inside WEB-INF, create a classes and lib folders.
Go to C:\catalina\conf and copy the web.xml file there to C:\catalina\webapps\myContext\WEB-INF. Edit this web.xml so that you will have

Go to C:\catalina\conf and edit the server.xml file. Look for this entry:

Under it, insert this:

Putting <!-- User Defined Contexts --> is strictly unnecessary, of course, but I find it helpful to find my contexts.
Now all we need to do is test the setup. Create a simple JSP called index.jsp:

and put it in C:\catalina\webapps\myContext.
Go to C:\catalina\bin and type startup to start Tomcat. A DOS window will appear with the following message:

indicating Tomcat started normally.
Open a browser and type in this URL: http://localhost:8080/myContext
If your index page shows up, you have defined your context successfully.
#2 Create a servlet and deploy it
Code a simple servlet for testing purposes:

Put in C:\catalina\webapps\myContext\WEB-INF\classes.
Get your favorite IDE, compile it, so that the resulting TemplateServlet.class is in the same folder.
(At this point some will argue that there is no need to put source code inside the classes folder, that you can use the javac -d option, etc. These are all valid points, but I'm trying to keep it simple now.)
Using the browser, type in this URL: http://localhost:8080/myContext/servlet/TemplateServlet
and you should get Test.
Note that we have NOT edited the web.xml file.
#3 registering the servlet in the web.xml file
Go to C:\catalina\webapps\myContext\WEB-INF and edit the web.xml so that we have:

Use only Notepad or DOS edit. Do NOT use WordPad or other editors as it will change the formatting.
We have now "registered" the TemplateServlet with Tomcat with the alias template and it has the servlet path /test.
Please note that if you edit any Tomcat config file like web.xml or server.xml you have to restart Tomcat. After shutting Tomcat down, do not start up again immediately, since it is still releasing resources. The most common error of this type is a bind exception on the 8080 HTTP port that Tomcat uses.
After restarting Tomcat, type in this URL now:
and you should get the same servlet. Alternatively, you could use its alias, e.g
Brusk Baran
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Joined: Nov 15, 2001
Posts: 132
<!-- Tomcat Root Context -->
<Context path="" docBase="ROOT" debug="0"/>
Should we get rid of the comments here, in order to run ROOT, or does ROOT HET INVOLVED SOMEHOW DIFFERENTLY??
I agree. Here's the link:
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