Thanks for the suggestions
I didn't really want to run Apache, especially as I have tomcat (which is suppose to be a web server - I thought ?)


For now I have added a file to
.../tomcat/conf/Catalina/localhost/myData.xml
This xml file contains

<?xml version='1.0' encoding='utf-8'?>
<Context path = "/myData" docBase="/data/webData">
</Context>

now I can access http://xx.xx.xx.xx/myData/

In the dir /data/webData, I created a WEB-INF and a WEB-INF/web.xml

I guess what I have done is created a new context in the area of my hard drive where the static jpg files exist
The only issue I have is that I expose /data/webData part of my hard drive

John
At 10:06 AM 10/12/2005 +0100, Arup Vidyerthy wrote:
Or if you don't want to do what Darryl is suggesting you can configure your
tomcat to use unix symlinks by setting the allowLinking attribute to true.

Then you can simply create a softlink inside your webapp directory that
points to your data directory.

That will work as well.

Arup

-----Original Message-----
From: Darryl L. Miles [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]
Sent: 12 October 2005 09:59
To: Tomcat Users List
Subject: Re: serving content from outside the context

John Laughton wrote:

> Hi, I hope this is the right mailing list for this question
>
> I am using tomcat 5.0.28
> I have a simple web app and want to serve up some images in the jsp
> pages, but the images are outside the context
>
> The HTTP statement looks like
> <tr><td>
> <img alt="thumb image" src="/data/webData/family/DSC01183.JPG"/>
> </td></tr>
>
> The web app is under /usr/local/tomcat/webapp/family On the browser it
> only shows "thumb image" as it cannot get to the hyperlink
> http://xx.xx.xx.xx/data/webData/family/DSC01183.JPG
> (IP shown as xx.xx.xx.xx for security)
>
> I have read a lot about tomcat and figure there must be a way to
> configure server.xml and/or web.xml to allow this to work, but cannot
> see it ?
>
> It is possible ?

Are you wanting TC to serve the static files or do you use AJP connector and
Apache.  The easiest way to serve files from outside is to let Apache serve
them and configure up AJP connector, then mount the entire content or just
*.jsp pages to TC.

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