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RewriteRule with tomcat?

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I have what must be a common problem. I want to rewrite "http" to "https". No big deal for apache, but I am using apache and tomcat. The following works fine for non-tomcat folders, e.g. http://www.mydomain.com/index.html

RewriteCond %{HTTPS} !on
RewriteRule ^/?(.*) https://%{SERVER_NAME}%{REQUEST_URI} [L,R]

However, if the folder is under tomcat's webapps it doesn't work, even if I have an .htaccess file in the tomcat folder. So, I would like:

http://www.mydomain.com/mywebapp/somepage.jsp -> https://www.mydomain.com/mywebapp/somepage.jsp

as I said, I tried putting an .htaccess file with the above rewrite rule in both htdocs and mywebapp, but it didn't work. I also tried the following in httpd.conf:

<Location /mywebapp>
RewriteCond %{HTTPS} !on
RewriteRule ^/?(.*) https://%{SERVER_NAME}%{REQUEST_URI} [L,R]
</Location>

but that didn't work either. Strange, because I have another <Location> directive for authorization in another tomcat folder that *does* work.

I'm sure loads of people have run into this situation. How do I fix it?
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