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From Joe Bohn <>
Subject replacing tomcat classes
Date Thu, 11 May 2006 13:46:43 GMT


I am working with a user that is moving some applications from tomcat to 
geronimo.   Due to some problems they have had to modify tomcat source. 
  I was chatting with jasonb on the tomcat irc channel and he 
recommended that we only build the classes rather than rebuilding all of 
tomcat.  He discouraged rebuilding all of tomcat because there are many 
permutations that can result in different build images and we should run 
with as much of the official tomcat build as possible to avoid problems. 
  He also indicated that Tomcat's directory structure provides a place 
to put these "patch classes" in CATALINA_HOME/server/classes .

Is there a similar place that we can put classes when tomcat is running 
under geronimo to have them picked up?  Adding the tomcat classes to our 
new sharedlib doesn't seem to be the right place because it would 
require a dependency from the tomcat config on sharelib.  The net result 
would be that all tomcat apps would potentially pick up user classes 
added in sharedlib even if the user only intended these classes for some 
subset of the apps.


Joe Bohn
joe.bohn at

"He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep, to gain what he cannot 
lose."   -- Jim Elliot

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