Let Tomcat Serve Static HTML

Posted on 2007-04-11
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Last Modified: 2009-07-29
I have a web server and it is running a Tomcat servlet application (the terminology escapes me, lol!)

So I don't want to mess around and break Tomcat, because that will break my email.
But I want to be able to serve up static webpages directly through Tomcat.  I have tried the HOWTO on the Apache site about letting Apache serve up HTML and Tomcat serve Servlet stuff, but I don't think I've ever been so lost!!  lol!

So, I don't care that Tomcat is a little slower serving HTML, it's only a few users.  How do I get Tomcat to serve static HTML pages?  And what config files do I need to edit and where does the static content go?

Thank you!
Question by:dougp23
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Just shut down Apache HTTPD, edit server.xml in the conf-directory of tomcat and search for 8080. Change that to 80, restart Tomcat, and Tomcat serves HTML pages as well. We do this all the time!
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Or, you don't even have to change the port number. You can probably let your firewall forward traffic for port 80 to port 8080 on your webserver.

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And where would my document root be?
This Tomcat install is feeding a web based email to people, so I don't want to break that.
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You can put html, css, js, images, flash, etc in the same directory as the jsp files.

Just be careful when using index.html next to index.jsp files. In WEB-INF/web.xml you can set which one has preference. So if you have a file /website/home/index.html next to /website/home/index.jsp, and the user browses to /website/home/, then it's not certain which file is served.

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