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I am running a web app on Tomcat at the following location on my server.


I am looking to update the Tomcat httpd.conf file with the following virtual host...

<VirtualHost *:80>
DocumentRoot /var/tomcat/webapps/SoccerApp/MyTeam

This gives me a 404 error as the directory MyTeam does not exist. However my application behaves in a way that it uses this URL directory as the name of the soccer team for which to display data, so it will never be a physical folder on the server. None the less, I would like to resolve to webapps/SoccerApp/MyTeam, even though the directory isnt there.

does this make any sense? Any ideas on how to get this working. At the end of the day, i want to do the following... -> runs /webapps/SoccerApp/TeamOne -> runs /webapps/SoccerApp/TeamTwo

...where TeamOne and TeamTwo are not physical directories, but merely processed by my SoccerApp application as the current soccer team to display data for.

Many many thanks!


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migrated from Jan 6 '10 at 20:57

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I think you have things mixed up, at least no tomcat server I have seen has a httpd.conf with a DocumentRoot. That's something you will find in the configuration of the Apache httpd server. – Fredrik Jan 6 '10 at 19:07
So... The big question is, are you looking for how to configure namebased virtual hosts in Apache httpd with a connected tomcat or in Tomcat as a stand alone web server? – Fredrik Jan 6 '10 at 19:09
Assuming that you're trying to use apache httpd to reverse proxy to multiple tomcat webapps, see:… (windows specific, but includes good info on configuring apache2 for reverse proxy). – nojo Jan 6 '10 at 20:50

You need to use mod_proxy to set up a reverse proxy. You can then point the two URLs to the web apps that are handling the sites.

The Apache docs do a pretty good job of explaining, but here is the relevant portion from one of our sites:

 ProxyRequests off
        <Location /app>
                ProxyHTMLURLMap /app
                SetOutputFilter  proxy-html
                ProxyHTMLURLMap  /      /app/
                ProxyHTMLURLMap  /app  /app
                RequestHeader    unset  Accept-Encoding
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