[plt-scheme] web-server with a single servlet

From: Dave Gurnell (d.j.gurnell at gmail.com)
Date: Sat Sep 9 03:46:06 EDT 2006

Jay wrote:

> The web-server does not support this out of the box. In the olden
> days, the `/servlets' URL was quite stamped into the system and I've
> been slowly working to get it out. [...] Also, you can look at the
> dispatcher API and write your on web-config unit and make a URL
> rewriter for the web-server. If you want to go on this route, I can
> guide you a bit more.

Yes. It would be nice to be able to publish servlets under specific
URLs. Perhaps something in the configuration file like:

     ("/"          (lib "root-servlet.ss"  "my-package"))
     ("/admin"     (lib "admin-servlet.ss" "my-package")))
     ; and so on ...

On a related note, I've come up with a couple of features that I think
might improve web-server for commercial use. None of them are
ground-breaking - just things that would make my life easier (and so
too, presumably, the lives of other people in my position). Some of
these involve the dispatcher. I'll contact you off-list about these.

> What went wrong with the mod_proxy? I do a similar thing and don't
> know what the problem with large files is (you can have Apache serve
> them).

It's the uploading of large files through <input type="file" ... />
controls that's problematic.

Noel and I spent some time looking into this yesterday: it seems that
there were at least two problems that were interacting. One problem was
with Apache and one was with web-server:

The web-server problem:

   If web-server spent longer than about 30 seconds processing a  
   it would time out (we traced the timeout back to line 198 of

   Using the managers/lru.ss instead of managers/timeout.ss fixes this
   problem quite effectively.

The Apache problem:

   As yet I have not fully diagnosed this, but even with the LRU fix to
   web-server, Apache is still giving us proxy errors with really large

   For the moment I am getting around this by bypassing Apache for the
   file upload. There's probably a configuration setting in mod_proxy  
   I haven't had time to look at it in detail.


-- Dave

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