I am trying to learn geoserver's rest-api following http://docs.geoserver.org/2.0.x/en/user/extensions/rest/index.html.
I have placed rest-2.0.3 jar file in geoserver/webmaps/geoserver/WEB-INF/lib folder and restarted the server. I don't know whether this completes the installation of rest.
All the examples in curl rest shows the path as *http://localhost/geoserver/rest/workspaces..... but I am not able to find any rest folder and the link *http://localhost:8080/geoserver/rest giving me the page with "Geoserver Configuration API" .
I have followed Using REST service with GeoServer but even this doesn't solve my problem.
Can you please tell me how to find whether rest is installed or not.... *http://localhost:8080/geoserver/rest/layers/giant_polygon.html also giving me "Geoserver Configuration API".