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how the request from the client is processed by the webserver(eg. yahoo server)

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Hi,

when the client requests a yahoo page(for eg. if he type www.yahoo.com) the request goes to the yahoo server and this server give him a index page to the client. how the webserver know that i have to give the index page only.

pls provide me some links that explain this process completely.

Thanx.
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The web server is configured with a list of "Default" pages and an order of priority.
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There's really not much more to it than that.
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can u provide me some link that expalins this.
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Hi vihar123,

Yes, all is set on the webserver, for example on IIS:
How do I configure the default document in Internet Information Services (IIS) 5.0
http://www.jsifaq.com/SUBK/tip5100/rh5167.htm

Greetings,

LucF
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Not really.  Any more of an explanation would require going into how the web server is written itself.  I mean coded stuff.  It's basically a "show the page after the /" - if no page is specified then look in the site home folder for first file listed in the default page list.  If it doesn't exist, look for the second, etc.  When a match is made, stop looking and serve the page.  If no default pages are found then stop looking and serve an error.

In addition exactly how you configure this will depend on the web server.  Apache does it though specific files.  IIS does it in a management tool.  Are you trying to set this up?  Is that why you are asking?  If so, let me know and let me know the web server and I'll post details on how to do it.
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Glad to help :)

But... I thing this sould have been a split of points, leew told you all you needed to know, all I told you is how to perform it on an IIS server.

LucF
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Actually i thought i should split the points but unknowingly it happened. may be i will request the admin of this webserver page to split the points.
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You can do so, it's your question :o)
Just post a note at http:/Community_Support/ and ask to reopen this question (make sure to mention this question number: http:Q_21216578.html) and a Moderator will assist you as soon as possible. Afterwards you can split the points as you see fit.

Thanks,

LucF
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