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I have an application running on tomcat at The host name in server.xml points to I do not have localhost anymore. I am using apache to forward requests to tomcat using mod_proxy. Things work fine as long as the ProxyPath is /mycontext. The server name setup in virtual host is and works fine. However I would like to ignore the context path and simply use to forward requests to When I do this, apache shows me a blank page. What am I missing here? I have not changed anything in server.xml except the default host to

<VirtualHost *:80>

 ProxyRequests Off
 ProxyPreserveHost On

 <Proxy *>
 Order deny,allow
 Allow from all

 ProxyPass /
 ProxyPassReverse /


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Can you add the relevant bits of your httpd.conf file to the question? –  meulop Apr 13 '12 at 10:06
I have added the virtual host settings. Is there anything else I should add? –  user10211 Apr 13 '12 at 10:39

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Matching trailing slashes are important in mod_proxy.

ProxyPass /

This will take a request to and proxy it to - not terribly helpful!

Try this configuration, instead:

ProxyPass /
ProxyPassReverse /

Also - if Tomcat's expecting as a host header, then you probably do not want that ProxyPreserveHost On directive.

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Thanks a lot for your help. The solution partially worked. With the trailing slash added, a page should be shown when http :// is requested which corresponds to http :// Instead it goes to the "It works" page. For other URLs such as http :// it does take me to http :// How do I solve the first bit? –  user10211 Apr 14 '12 at 10:13
Is it Apache's "It works" page, or Tomcat's? –  Shane Madden Apr 14 '12 at 18:40
It is Apache's "It works page." –  user10211 Apr 15 '12 at 4:44
Interesting... are you sure the request to / has the correct host header to get mapped to this virtual host? –  Shane Madden Apr 16 '12 at 1:49
I checked the apache access log. It shows that a request made to / gets directed to /mycontext/. Should it explicitly show –  user10211 Apr 16 '12 at 12:36

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