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    I am trying to configure the tomcat web.xml file. can anybody tell me what the tags mean.

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    I haven't worked with Tomcat much, but the text below is taken from the Tomcat User's Guide:

    ---web.xml
    A detailed description of web.xml and the web application structure (including directory structure and configuration) is available in chapters 9, 10 and 14 of the Servlet API Spec and we are not going to write about it. There is however a small Tomcat related "feature" that is related to web.xml. Tomcat lets the user define default web.xml values for all context by putting a default web.xml file in the conf directory. When constructing a new Context, Tomcat uses the default web.xml file as the base configuration and the application specific web.xml (the one located in the application's WEB-INF/web.xml), only overwrite these defaults.---

    You can get the PDF version of the 2.2 Servlet API Spec. from the link below. I actually think the information you may be looking for is in Chapter 13.

    ftp://216.32.244.49/pub/servlet/22fi...et2_2-spec.pdf

    Hope that hepls.
    - MW

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