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Installing servlet

 
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I apologize in advance for the newbie question...
I'm running Tomcat 4.01 on Windows 98. I compiled a servlet under JDK 1.3.1. I have placed the class file in the appropriate subdirectory (%tomcat%/webapps/HelloWorld/web-inf/classes) and I used the Manager app to install the servlet. Now, when I do "http://localhost:8080/HelloWorld", I get one of those pages that looks like an online ftp listing. It shows the HelloWorld class, but for some reason, it won't run the servlet.
Any ideas what I'm doing wrong? It seemed so simple.
I'm about 75% sure that I set up the path correctly, because Tomcat at least KNOWS what the servlet's name is.
Thanks,
Kevin
 
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Yup. Because it's a servlet, you need to set up an entry in WEB-INF/web.xml that associates the URL logical name to a particular Java class via a servlet's logical ID (servlet-name)
For example:
 
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Kevin:
Additionally you should invoque your servlet like this:
http://localhost:8080/app_name/servlet/HelloWorld
the app_name is the name you used in the <Context> tag.
I hope to help you..
 
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the only reason I'm updating this 2 years later, is that
1) someone referred to it in a more recent post.
2) it's wrong.

Because the servlet is mapped, it's inappropriate to have /servlet in the URL. This is a mixup of two different techniques.

Either do NOT provide a mapping, and use the invoker servlet (which is NOT recommended), in which case the url is: http://localhost:8080/app_name/servlet/HelloWorld

The preferred method is to provide a mapping, and for the demonstration shown above, the url is:
http://localhost:8080/app_name/HelloWorld
or
http://localhost:8080/app_name/helloworld
 
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