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I've fixed this error so many times and have had to search the internet for the fix everytime that I've finally decided to log it into my own blog.  Mainly so I can easily find it. 

Here's the problem.  As a general rule, all https applications do not cache any pages for security reasons.  This leaves the issue of downloading files from a https site.  For example, if you try to download a file (pdf, xls, doc, etc) from any site, your computer will download it to cache before opening it with the associated application.  So specifically in a Tomcat ssl site, you will get this error (or something like this):

Tomcat is automatic adding a Pragma: no-cache header to your page.  Here is the link with the fix. 

So where ever the <context> of your web application is defined, you want to add something like this:

<Valve className="org.apache.catalina.authenticator.BasicAuthenticator"  disableProxyCaching="false" />

And of course you can change BasicAuthenticator to FormAuthenticator or DigestAuthenticator depending on what you are using. 

Hopes this helps someone.

Posted on Friday, October 30, 2009 8:57 PM Tomcat | Back to top

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