Sunday, May 24, 2009

Tomcat Alias

As my previous post says, I went live with a new website on Friday. Well, within minutes of going live I realized we didn't have an alias set up for and got my client's administrator to add it. Once it was made live, the alias still didn't work. I had it configured in my tomcat server.xml file, but no dice. What was going on?

When I installed tomcat, I got rid of all the default sites it comes with (and I thought I had gotten rid of all their configs as well. It turned out I hadn't. In the server.xml file the host was configured correctly, but the 'engine' configuration was still pointing to 'localhost' which wasn't in my host configuration anymore. So I pointed it to my new 'root' configuration for the server - so now it looks something like this:

Engine name="Catalina" defaultHost=""

and the host lookes like this:

Host name="" appBase="webapps"
unpackWARs="true" autoDeploy="true"
xmlValidation="false" xmlNamespaceAware="false"
alias alias

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