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Looking for Apache overview

Darryl Failla
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Joined: Oct 16, 2001
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I'm new to web servers, and I'm looking for overview information on Apache HTTP Server. I find the installation instructions at the Apache website to be confusing. I guess I'm looking for a more rudimantary explanation. I would also like to learn how Tomcat fits into the picture.

Darryl Failla
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Darryl Failla
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Joined: Oct 16, 2001
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OK I think I've figured out the Apache install stuff, but how does Tomcat fit into the Apache Http Server picture?
William Brogden
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Tomcat is actually a complete web server that can handle plain HTML requests as well as servlets and JSP. If you don't need the extra features in Apache (such as PHP, Perl and a whole bunch of other stuff) then Tomcat can do the job by itself.
If you do need Apache features, you can install Tomcat to work with Apache, handling the servlets and JSP and leaving the rest to Apache.
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